Orthoceras Fossil

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Orthoceras Meanings

Transition, transformation, personal growth

Chakras: Base, Solar Plexus

Element: Storm, Earth

Zodiac Signs: Capricorn, Virgo

Number: 8

Ortheceras Crystal Healing Properties

All fossils are thought to support transformation and change. They are believed to assist you in moving from the old to the new and be receptive to the fresh, innovative forces. Fossils may assist you in your quest for transition, transformation and personal growth, helping you to understand the process of change. Also, they may help you instil quality and excellence in your environment.

History and Uses

The Orthoceras Fossil has been found dating back to the Ordovician period (400+ million years ago) and are the earliest recognisable animals. They are ancestors to the modern day squid.

Even though they were among the earliest forms of life, this class of nautiloid is still considered to be one of the most intelligent forms of ocean life. The Orthoceras ranged in size, from a few inches in length, to over six feet. They could swim as well as crawl on the ocean floor. By filling the chambers in their shells with air, they could float through the seas propelling themselves by squirting jets of water.

As they died, their shells accumulated upon the ocean floor, then covered by sediments they transformed into stone over the ages. Having a long straight shell their fossils have an iridescent gemlike quality when polished. Orthoceras are commonly found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

Fossils (from Latin fossus, literally having been dug up) are the mineralised or otherwise preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms. In ancient times they were believed to be a gift from the stars and were revered by many cultures. Because of their age, they have been used throughout the centuries as a talisman for protection and long life.

Geological Description

Fossilisation is actually a rare occurrence as organic materials tend to decompose. The fossilisation process requires relatively quick preservation of bodily remains. Normally, the remains need to be covered by sediment or trapped in resin as soon as possible.

However, there are exceptions, such as if an organism comes to rest in an anoxic (without oxygen) environment at the bottom of a lake. The oldest known structured fossils date from 3.5 billion years ago. There are several different types of fossils and fossilisation processes, including permineralisation, mold or replacement fossils, compression fossils, resin fossils and trace fossils.

Many fossils available on the market are from Morocco, which has vast deposits of Devonian Limestone, which date back three hundred fifty million years ago. Other areas prominent for fossils are China, the USA, Germany, Canada, Russia and Australia.


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