Fossil Friday 1/30/15: A turritellid


UF 208182, the turritellid Turritella gatunensis. (Photo © IV FLMNH)

This Fossil Friday we’re going for a slight change of pace by introducing you all to an invertebrate! This specimen is an example of a turritellid, a high-spired marine snail (Phylum Mollusca, Class Gastropoda). Named Turritella gatunensis, it is found in the middle to late Miocene of Panama and several other Central and South American countries. Turritellids live in shallow marine settings and burrow just under the surface of the sediment, leaving their aperture (the large opening at the bottom of the shell seen in the photo) exposed to filter feed.

If you would like to learn more about this species of turritellid, check out the Fossils of Panama entry about it here. Two graduate students from Cornell University who worked with PCP PIRE also conducted research projects on turritellids, which you can read about in the Research section of the April 2014 eNewsletter here.


Brendan Anderson and Panamanian turritellid snails

Brendan Anderson, who traveled to Panama with Austin Hendy last spring, is presenting on his research on turritellid snails – high spired, filter feeding mollusks. Anderson is a graduate student at Cornell University, and wrote an eNewsletter article (see flmnh web page) about his research in April of this year.


Austin Hendy and Michal Kowalewski, both of FLMNH, will present their research in the same session (room 219) later this afternoon.