Orthoceras fossils

Orthoceras fossils

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Caption: Orthoceras fossils. Orthoceras is an extinct marine cephalopod, related to the squid and octopus. It lived between about 470 and 360 million years ago, and has been found in Europe, North Africa, and North America. Its name means "straight horn," in reference to its elongated cone shape. This sample measures 500 millimetres across.

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Keywords: animal, animals, cephalopod, cephalopods, devonian, extinct, fauna, fossil, fossilised, fossils, geological, geology, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, mollusc, ordovician, orthoceras, orthoceratite, orthoceratites, palaeontology, paleontology, rock, sediment, sedimentary, wildlife

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