Project Description

These ancient shelled cephalopods were distantly related to squid and octopi. Their tentacles poked out of the front of their shells and they swam backwards. The spiral shelled creatures fossilized in the front desk are nautiloids, while the “ice cream cone” shaped shelled creatures are orthoceras. The stone for the front desk was imported from the Tindouf Basin of Morocco, and dates back roughly 350 million years ago to the Devonian.