Orthoceras Fossil

Ordovician, 470-458 MYA
Location: Morocco

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What were Orthoceras?

These Orthoceras fossils are remarkably preserved, showcasing their long, conical shape characteristic of the genus. These fossils are from the Ordovician period (485–443 million years ago). they are excavated from limestone deposits in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, an area renowned for its rich marine fossil beds.

Orthoceras, meaning "straight horn," refers to a genus of extinct nautiloid cephalopods. These ancient marine creatures thrived in the oceans during the Ordovician period, and their fossils can be found in sedimentary rocks worldwide. The Orthoceras were characterized by their elongated, straight shells, which could grow to impressive lengths, and their tentacles, which they used for feeding and locomotion. Their fossils are particularly valued for their aesthetic beauty and are often polished to highlight the intricate chambered structure of the shell. The discovery and study of Orthoceras fossils provide valuable insights into the early marine ecosystems and the evolution of cephalopods.

Size: Approximately 1 to 2 inches in length

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