6.2" Fossil Goniatite & Orthoceras Sculpture - Morocco

This is a free-standing sculpture created with 400 million year old, polished fossils from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It includes two fossil Orthoceras (a type of straight cephalopod) and a Goniatite (a type of ammonite) positioned on a sculpted and polished piece of rock. While these fossils have been repositioned on the rock, they come from the same locality. The rock also contains many other small fossils. The display is approximately 6.2 inches tall.

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.
FOR SALE
$25
DETAILS
SPECIES
Goniatite sp. & Orthoceras regulares
LOCATION
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
SIZE
6.2" tall
CATEGORY
ITEM
#111024
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