Clearance Lot: Fossil Orthoceras & Goniatite Bookends - 3 Pairs

This is a wholesale lot of 3 Orthoceras and Goniatite fossil bookends from Morocco. Each bookend has been polished and has had an Orthoceras or Goniatite mounted to the face, allowing for beautiful presentation of the crystalized chambers of these cephalopods.

These are perfect as gifts or for resale.

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 shell, 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 make decorative items with the fossils visible on the polished surface.



While orthoceras is the common name for these cephalopods, there are actually several different genus including Michelinoceras and Arionoceras found in association. Unless you are one of the world's leading experts on fossil cephalopods you probably won't be able to tell them apart.

Goniatites possessed a shell which was 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, being free swimming and possessing a head with two well developed eyes and arms.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Orthoceras sp. & Goniatites sp.
LOCATION
Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco
SIZE
Tallest pair: 4.9"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#215296
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