cypraeid snail

Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda

(Scale bar is 1 cm)



Another group of primarily tropical snails with common fossil representatives in the Ocala Limestone of Georgia are the cypraeids (cowries). Because they originally had shells of aragonite, they are typically preserved as molds. Consequently, identification to species is essentially impossible, and little about the age of the rock can be determined from the snails. However, their presence is one of many lines of evidence for a tropical climate in southwest Georgia in the late Eocene.

 

AGE: LATE EOCENE

FORMATION: OCALA LIMESTONE

 

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