paleontology
Moroccan Orthoceras found at a sale

A little change up in our fossil collecting this week with this polished specimen found at a charity sale.

Close up of the squid fossil

Close up of the polished fossil sphere.

Collector: Jonsey

I know absolutely nothing about fossils or rocks, but I bought this in a local charity shop because it looked interesting and unusual. It weighs between five and six kilos, I photographed it next to a £1 coin to show the scale. I would be grateful if anyone could give me some information about it. i.e., is it granite or marble or neither?

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5 Responses to “Polished Orthoceras is a Fossil Find of Another Kind”

  1. Scott says:

    This polished sphere has fossils of orthoceras in it. Orthoceras are extinct cephalopods and relatives of modern squid. This particular fossil is likely to have come from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and is from the Devonian Period. Orthoceras are always a treat!

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  2. Jonesy says:

    Many thanks for the info’ Scott, I never knew fossils could be so intrigueing. My only problem now is finding a shelf strong enough to display it, maybe next time I’ll look for something a little smaller. I’ve a feeling this may be the start of another new hobby!
    Thanks again.

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  3. Scott says:

    You’re welcome and thank you for sharing it with us. Please look through the other fossil pictures here and and see how amazing (and sometimes much smaller) they are. Find a secure place for that sphere, remember, those orthoceras are about 400 million years old. Keep looking for fossils, it is always nice to welcome new fossil collectors.

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  4. Shaun says:

    Hi, I have an almost identical sphere to the one shown here. I love it. My question is that i bought mine at a zoological fundraiser for $300.00 USD.
    aside from a good cause, is this an appropriate price to pay if i find a matching one to compliment it???

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  5. Scott says:

    We don’t really do estimates here, but prices on this sort of thing are highly variable. Our best advice is to do a lot of shopping around before you purchase.

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