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TIME SCALE
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One gastropod displayed in a gem jar.

Diameter: 0.5"-1"

Larger specimens will be prioritized first.

USES

• Add it to your fossil collection. • Try to identify the species!

TIME SCALE

This table contains the geological time periods of the past 2.5 billion years on Earth to aid in understanding age immense age of these fossils.

(Ma = Mega-annum = 1,000,000 years)
EON ERA PERIOD EXTENT (Ma) DURATION (Ma)
Phanerozoic Cenozoic Quaternary 2.588–Present 2.588+
Neogene 23.03–2.588 20.4
Paleogene 66.0–23.03 42.9
Mesozoic Cretaceous 145.5–66.0 79.5
Jurassic 201.3–145.0 56.3
Triassic 252.17–201.3 50.9
Paleozoic Permian 298.9–252.17 46.7
Carboniferous 358.9–298.9 60
Devonian 419.2–358.9 60.3
Silurian 443.4–419.2 24.2
Ordovician 485.4–443.4 42
Cambrian 541.0–485.4 55.6
Proterozoic Neoproterozoic Ediacaran 635.0–541.0 94
Cryogenian 850–635 215
Tonian 1,000–850 150
Mesoproterozoic Stenian 1,200–1,000 200
Ectasian 1,400–1,200 200
Calymmian 1,600–1,400 200
Paleoproterozoic Statherian 1,800–1,600 200
Orosirian 2,050–1,800 250
Rhyacian 2,300–2,050 250
Siderian 2,500–2,300 200
FURTHER RESEARCH
GASTROPOD

This fossil is a 54 million year old gastropod, also known as a snail or slug. The family of Gastropods make up one of the most diverse collections of species, second only to insects. It is estimated that there are around 24,000 species of terrestrial gastropods, about 35,000 aquatic species, and 15,000 extinct species. This shell is fossilized, but more specifically it has been agatized, meaning it’s cells have been replace primarily with microgranular quartz.

INTERESTING PROPERTIES

• This fossil has been dated to the Eocene period, but the specific species is still unknown.

• Gastropods are among the longest surviving lineages, the earliest fossils dating to the Cambrian Period about 500 million years ago.

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54 Million Year Old Gastropod

54 Million Year Old Gastropod

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