Orthoceras are the fossilized remains of an extinct marine animal. They are ancestors to the modern day squid and are dated to the lower Ordovician to Triassic ages -500 to 190 million years ago. They range in length from a few inches to over six feet.
Fossils are believed to increase life span, reduce toxins, anxiety, stress, balance the emotions and increase confidence. Containing supernatural and physical healing powers, they promote a sense of pride and success in business. Healers use fossils to enhance and stimulate the mind. Traditionally, fossils have been used to aid in reducing fatigue, digestive disorders, and rheumatism.
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Orthoceras (straight horn) is a genus of extinct nautiloid cephalopod. This genus is sometimes called Orthoceratites. Note it is sometimes misspelled as Orthocera, Orthocerus or Orthoceros. These are slender, elongate shells with the middle of the body chamber transversely constricted, and a subcentral orthochoanitic siphuncle. The surface is ornamented by a network of fine lirae. Many other very similar species are included under the genus Michelinoceras.
Orthoceras fossils are the remains of an invertebrate, no backbone, that belongs to the Phylum Mollusca. Some examples of Orthoceras fossils animals are snails, slugs, oysters, clams, octopus, and squid. Originally Orthoceras referred to all nautiloids with a straight-shell, called an orthocone. Orthoceras can be found in sizes ranging from less than a centimeter to more than 14 feet long. Orthoceras is the ancestor of Ammonites and squids. Orthoceras fossils are common and have a global distribution, occurring in any marine rock, especially limestones.
Well-known examples occur in Morocco, Scandinavia, the Alps, and Iowa. Fossilized Orthoceras are commonly used as a pendant and worn around the neck. Plates of fossil orthoceras are used as table tops, bathroom sinks are carved out of block of rock containing the fossil as well as many other ornamental uses.