Paleocene Fossil Pelecypod and Gastropod Assemblage from Texas

Gastropods - Turritella sp.
pelecypods - Cardium sp.

Geological Time: Paleocene

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Matrix 5 3/4" X 5 3/4" (145 mm X 145 mm)

Fossil Site: Wills Point Formation, Central Texas

Code: IN007

Price: Sold

Paleocene rocks are dating beyond 50 million years old are actually relatively less common. This marine sedimentary limestone, however, is packed with Cardium pelecypods and Turritella gastropods. Cardium pelecypods were able to contract their muscles so quickly that they actually could jump forward, rather than just pull themselves along like most other clams. Turritella belong to a group called Neogastropods, which first appeared in the Cretaceous and quickly become dominant, a dominance continues to this day. This is a very different fossil plate than usually seen or represented in fossil collections.

One side of this plate has been cut and polished, and the other side is natural and covered in Cardium pelecypods.

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