Bargain, 3.1" Fossil Whelk - Rucks Pit, FL

 
 
This is a partial fossil Whelk (Busycon rucksorum) It is 3.1" long and approximately 2 million years old.

The whelk comes from "Ruck's Pit" in Florida. Ruck's Pit was a small cement quarry, that for several years in the early 2000's produced some amazing crystal lined fossils. The quarry has been shut down and filled in with water for several years, so these fossils are no longer being collected. Because of this, it's difficult to acquire these remarkable crystal filled fossil shells, particularly ones of high quality.

Welk's were predatory sea snails that fed mainly on bivalves.

A geological paper on they unique geology and fossil occurrences in Ruck's Pit can be found here.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Busycon rucksorum
LOCATION
Ruck's Pit, Okeechobee County, Florida
FORMATION
Nashua Formation
SIZE
3.1" long
CATEGORY
ITEM
#69071
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