Decors Factors and Suggestions – These fossils are fascinating and functional, perfect for your home or office. Orthoceras fossils are definitely statement pieces and they are perfect to talk about over coffee or a cocktail with your friends or clients. The dark colors contrast with light rooms beautifully. Their long straight shells have a gem like quality when polished. These fossils are remarkably beautiful.
Orthoceras fossils would make intriguing and magnificent focal points in your home or office. Orthoceras fossils are sometimes brown and tan and other time black and gray, so finding one to fit into your color scheme is easy. Touchstone Gallery offers orthoceras table tops, statues, and slabs, both pictured above. The complexity and detail in these fossils makes them fun additions to many décor settings.
Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story
Legend and Lore – The name orthoceras means straight horn, which refers to the long and straight cone shape shell. These creatures lived more than 400 million years ago. They typically grew to six inches, but some have been found as long as fourteen feet. The body of orthoceras was soft and they lived in open-ended segments at the larger end of a conical shell. As the body of the orthoceras grew, certain housing sections of the shell became too small. A dividing wall would grow to separate the old living section from the new living section. These dividing walls were called septas. Living relatives to the orthoceras are squids, octopus, and cuttlefish.
The Science of Orthoceras Fossils – Orthoceras fossils are incredibly important to the fossil record. Orthoceras fossils are often found in dense assemblages, dense enough to be rock forming. Some scientists believe that the large amount of shells found represent a mass death after mating. Mass death was common among other types of mollusks, however, other scientist believe these mass deaths may have occurred for other reasons.
Revealed by Man – Orthoceras fossils are found globally and occur in marine rock, like limestone. Many orthoceras fossils have been found in Morocco, Scandinavia, the Alps, Sweden, and Iowa. These fossils are removed from the ground where oceans used to be present. Then, they are stabilized and polished. Finally, they are packed and shipped to be put on display.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of orthoceras and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.