Fossilized nautiloid cephalopod of the genus Orthoceras. Polished single specimen ~5" - 6" long. From Morocco. Found in Devonian fossiliferous limestone from the Atlas Mountain Range in southern Morocco near the Sahara Desert. ~350 million years old. These fossils are 100% authentic and natural. This means size, shape and preservation will vary. We will ALWAYS send the BEST quality available at the time of purchase.
350 million years ago these extinct relatives of the chambered nautilus flourished in a warm, shallow sea which covered what is now the Sahara Desert. As the shells of these creatures accumulated on the sea floor they were buried by sediment and, over the ages, transformed into stone by physical and chemical processes. Today, this stone is quarried and polished by Moroccan craftsmen to reveal a rare glimpse of ancient life on Earth.