Eocene Fossil Gastropod (Sycostoma) - Damery, France
This is a nicely preserved, eocene aged gastropod fossil (Sycostoma bulbiforme) from Damery, France. It is still partially embedded in a limestone/conglomerate that contains a variety of smaller gastropods and shell fragments.
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 families of gastropods, of which 202 families are extinct and appear only in the fossil record.