1.3" Ordovician Gastropod Fossil - Morocco
This is an interesting, 1.3" wide Late Ordovician age gastropod fossil on limestone from a location near Hmar Laghdad, Morocco. These gastropods must be mechanically prepared from the hard limestone they are found in.
Gastropods, which are more commonly referred to as snails, have been around since the Late Cambrian period. The class Gastropoda contains a vast total of named species, second only to the insects in overall number. There are 611 known families of gastropods, of which 202 families are extinct and appear only in the fossil record.