4" Fossil Orthoceras/Goniatite Box (Rectangle) - Stoneware

This a beautiful rectangular stoneware box made out of polished limestone containing 400 million year old fossils of a straight cephalopod, Orthoceras regulare. There is also a fossil Goniatite (similar) to an ammonite which has been added to the lid. The fossiliferous rock is quarried in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and handcrafted into this beautiful stoneware. Each piece is unique.

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.
Arionoceratid Nautiloid
Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco
About 4" long, 3" wide, 1.8" tall
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