Orthoceras Fossil Specimen
Orthoceras ("straight horn") is a genus of extinct cephalopod.
Orthoceras are dated to the lower Ordovician to Triassic ages.
They are ancestors to the modern day squid.
The Orthoceras ranged in size from a few inches in length to over six feet. They could swim as well as crawl on the ocean floor. By filling the chambers in their shells with air they could float through the seas propelling themselves by squirting jets of water. As they died their shells accumulated upon the ocean floor, then covered by sediments they transformed into stone over the ages.
Each Orthoceras specimen is unique in it's own way and we will select one for you.
These vary in size shape, most are about 1.5 inches long, but can vary +/- 0.25 inches
These specimens are approximately 500+ million years old.