Being based in Florida, we have access to the absolute finest gastropod fossil shells and this superb example is truly a top-shelf specimen! This prehistoric fossil sea snail shell is of the Strombus variety. It was collected by a long time, avid Florida fossil shell collector, in a shell pit in Florida, USA. This specimen was one of THE FINEST in his collection! 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, 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 fossil specimen is that all the anatomy is still intact and well-preserved. The pointed spire is complete, the labrum (the outer margin of the opening) is undamaged which is very rare, and overall surface detail is wonderfully preserved with no erosion and an incredible density we almost NEVER see in fossilized shells.
This remarkable gastropod fossil is of an extinct species and is recommended for its rarity as well as its immense display appeal and aesthetics. If you want a very high-grade and stunning prehistoric sea snail fossil, we highly recommend this example. This sea snail was alive during the last Ice Age in North America when many gigantic and bizarre beasts walked the earth and swam in the oceans including the last days of the giant Megalodon shark!
The genus Strombus is a group of true conchs. The gastropod that once lived in this shell, was alive during the Pliocene Period and was a predatory marine creature that fed mainly on bivalves by attaching itself to its prey with its foot and slowly rasping a hole in the shell of its unfortunate victim. Strombus could move great distances and can go against tidal currents with the use of its powerful foot.