Mined from: Morocco
Geological Age: 200 - 500mya
Description: This display piece is made out of Ammonite and Orthoceras fossils. There is one Orthoceras fossil in the center with an Ammonite fossil on either side within the matrix. This piece is a statement in any home and a guaranteed conversation starter. It can be used as a paperweight, or display piece.
Ammonites are an extinct form of mollusk that thrived in the seas during the time of the dinosaurs and are related to squid. Ammonites were born with tiny shells and, as they grew, they built new chambers onto them. They would move their entire body into the new chamber and seal off the old smaller chamber.
The ancestor of the squid, Orthoceras shells range in length from a few inches to over six feet. Their middle body chamber is transversely constricted, and that would help them crawl across the ocean floor and swim. Orthoceras could float by filling chambers of their shells with air and they used jet propulsion by squirting water to move.
Approximate Size of 1 piece: 26cm x 18cm x 1.5cm
Approximate Weight of 1 piece: 1.645kg
We do our best to buy quality products- although not every rock is the same. If you choose to purchase the "staff pick option", we will select the best of the batch for you. Otherwise, it will be at random from the larger batch we have in stock.