LARGE PLIOCENE SEA SNAIL FOSSIL SHELL WITH MATRIX -
Sarasota County, Florida, U.S.A.
PERIOD: 5 - 1.81 million years ago
Known for its splendid
array of gastropod fossils, Florida is home to many fossil shell species
in abundance. The nature of finding a gastropod fossil in a shell
pit, for example, usually means that it will be heavily weathered and
seriously damaged. Certainly, delicate features of the shell are
almost always missing. What is most unique and exciting about this
massive fossil specimen of Triplofusus giganteus is that all the anatomy is still intact
and well-preserved. The pointed centrum is complete and overall
surface detail is still present and wonderfully visible. Do not
confuse this genuine fossil with inexpensive MODERN shells available in
shell shops from this species. This
is the finest fossil example of this species and it cannot be improved
upon! The interior is still filled with the original fossil shell
matrix of the pit from which it was collected.
This complete and very high-grade
specimen came from a gigantic sea snail that lived 5 million years ago,
crawling around the ocean floor when the massive Megalodon shark still
terrorized the warm waters off the southeastern Atlantic coast of
prehistoric North America. This remarkable gastropod fossil is
recommended for its immense size and display appeal. Guaranteed NO REPAIR and NO RESTORATION.
otherwise known as the "Horse Conch", is the
Florida state shell.
This massive gastropod is still alive today and can grow to a total
overall living length of 24 inches! This species is a voracious
carnivore common on both coasts of Florida from the shoreline down to a
depth of about 100 feet. Although the shell is found throughout
the southeast United States, in Texas, and northeast Mexico, it is much
more common in Florida waters. In prehistoric times during the Pliocene Period,
the imposing Triplofusus giganteus roamed the ocean floor
searching for its primary victim, bivalves. This conch feeds by attaching itself to its prey with its foot and
slowly rasping a hole in the shell of its unfortunate victim. Triplofusus
giganteus can move great distances and can go against tidal currents with
the use of its powerful foot.
If you want a stunning and massive prehistoric sea snail fossil for
we highly recommend this example. This is the largest fossil shell
species of this region we could offer and makes for a highly interesting
display when accompanied by other marine fossils from the same time
period such as fossil shark teeth (Megalodon!), corals and bivalves.
IMPRESSIVE SPECIMEN WE HAVE SEEN OF THIS KING OF THE FLORIDA PLIOCENE ERA SEA SNAILS - EXCELLENT AND INTACT
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