Nautiloid Chambered In Black Marble
Polished chambered nautiloid fossil in rough cut black marble
Single detailed Nautiloid specimen, Orthoceras sp, from the Devonian era, 380 million years old. Excavated in Morocco.
Fossilised in hewn black marble, this polished fossil specimen will make a stylish addition to any collection
Size: 140x65x40 mm
Weight approx 258g
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Curious about Nautiloids?
Nautiloids, a type of marine cephalopods belonging to the Mollusca group, first appeared during the Late Cambrian period. Today, we can observe their living counterparts in the form of Nautilus and Allonautilus.
Fossilized nautiloids exhibit remarkable diversity, comprising a vast array of species totaling more than 2,500. These ancient creatures thrived during the early Paleozoic era, where they dominated as the primary predators. Throughout their evolutionary history, nautiloids developed an exceptional range of shell shapes, including coiled variations and immense straight-shelled forms. However, only a small number of coiled species known as nautiluses have managed to survive into the present day.