Large Orthoceras Fossil in Marble
Our price $1,979.00
Large Museum Quality Orthoceras sp. Fossil Marble Stone
An incredible, EXTRA LARGE polished Morocco Orthoceras plate showing the intricate internal chamber structure. A museum quality extra large Orthoceras plate. An incredible display piece!
This natural ancient piece of art is sure to be a wonderful conversation piece whether it is displayed in a home or office.
The piece has been shaved down and polished to show the smooth spear shaped nautiloid fossils on the front side.
The back side of this stone shows the stone's natural rough texture.
This is a large museum quality fossil piece.
More than twenty Orthoceras specimens exposed.
More information on the history of these fossils can be seen at the bottom of this page.
24.0" W x 18.0" H x 1.5" D
Very heavy. Approximate weigh is 100 lbs
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Temporal range: Middle Ordovician 488
|Artist's reconstruction of O. regulare|
Orthoceras ("straight horn") is a genus of extinct nautiloid cephalopod restricted to Middle Ordovician-aged marine limestones of the Baltic States and Sweden. This genus is sometimes called Orthoceratites. Note it is sometimes misspelled as Orthocera, Orthocerus or Orthoceros (Sweet 1964:K222).
Orthoceras was formerly thought to have had a worldwide distribution due to the genus' use as a wastebasket taxon for numerous species of conical-shelled nautiloids throughout the Paleozoic and Triassic. Now, Orthoceras sensu stricto refers to O. regulare, of Ordovician-aged Baltic Sea limestones of Sweden and neighboring areas.
These are slender, elongate shells with the middle of the body chamber transversely constricted, and a subcentral orthochoanitic siphuncle. The surface is ornamented by a network of fine lirae (Sweet 1964:K224). Many other very similar species are included under the genus Michelinoceras.
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