7.2" Fossil Goniatite & Orthoceras Display

This is a cool display piece featured a 400 million year old fossil Goniatites and Orthoceras. They are quarried from the limestones in the Atlas Mountains near Erfoud, Morocco. The fossil have been polished and mounted on an aesthetically shaped piece of limestone for display. The fossils and the rock they are mounted on all comes from the same locality.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

Goniatites possessed a shell divided internally into chambers filled with gas for buoyancy. An open chamber at the front of the shell provided living space for the animal. The general morphology and habit of goniatites was probably similar to that of their later relatives the ammonites: they swam freely and possessed heads with two well developed eyes and arms.

The fossils commonly known as Orthoceras are extinct "straight" cephalopods that lived during the Upper Devonian period around 370 million years ago. Like other cephalopods, they lived inside of their shells, had tentacles they could use to grab food, and used jet propulsion, squirting water to move. The rock containing them is quarried from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and frequently polished to reveal the fossils and make decorative items with them.

While Orthoceras is the common name for these cephalopods, there are actually several different genera, including Michelinoceras and Arionoceras, found in association. However, unless you are one of the world's leading experts on fossil cephalopods, you probably won't be able to tell them apart.
Goniatite sp. & Orthoceras regulares
Near Erfoud, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Rock 7.2 x 6.9"
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