3" Square Fossil Orthoceras & Goniatite Jewelry Box

These are jewelry boxes made out of fossiliferous rock with an authentic, 400 million year old fossil Goniatite inlaid into the lid. They can store anything, from your micro fossil collection to rings and necklaces. The boxes measure 3" x 3" x 1.5" tall.

The photos are representative of what the jewelry boxes look like. Yours will look similar but probably will not be the one pictured.

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 is 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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