Argonaut (Paper Nautilus) shell resting on a massive bed of druzy Pyrite, Calcite and Quartz. Oxidized skunk tails, a real dry preserved crab, starfish and Vera Cruz quartz accent this stunningly unique piece.
These shells are rare and hard to come by. This is only the 2nd one I’ve ever come across in a collection that was undamaged. The first I kept for my personal shelf.
Comes in custom 11”x7” glass cloche.
*The argonauts (genus Argonauta, the only extant genus in the family Argonautidae) are a group of pelagic octopuses. They are also called paper nautili, referring to the paper-thin eggcase that females secrete; however, as octopuses, they are only very distant relatives of true nautili. Their structure lacks the gas-filled chambers present in chambered nautilus shells and is not a true cephalopod shell, but rather an evolutionary innovation unique to the genus. It is used as a brood chamber, and to trap surface air to maintain buoyancy. It was once speculated that argonauts did not manufacture their eggcases but utilized shells abandoned by other organisms, in the manner of hermit crabs. Experiments by pioneering marine biologist Jeanne Villepreux-Power in the early 19th century disproved this hypothesis, as Villepreux-Power successfully reared argonaut young and observed their shells' development.
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