Orthoceras are a mollusc that lived in the sea more than 400 million years ago during the Devonian period of the Palaeozoic era. They are related to our modern day squid, octopus, cuttlefish etc. All of these are predators and we can assume that Orthoceras was as well.
The name Orthoceras translates as “straight horn” due to their long and conical shell. Orthoceras came in many different sized during the Palaeozoic era. Some species were small, just a few centimetres. Endoceras specimens have been measured at 3 meters. Cameroceras was the largest of the Orthoceras which could have reached 11 meters in length.
Our Orthoceras sculpture is a more convenient size being approximately 530 mm
The sculpture comprises several highly polished Orthoceras specimens prominent in a grey / black speckled stone. Typically, this sculpture has a minimum of 22 Orthoceras specimens.