Sunday, June 27, 2010

Another Lilydale Gastropod Fossil

Posted by Kirk
Yesterday I posted a link to a fossil I'd found at Lilydale Regional Park. More today! I'm in the process of taking photos of these for a project I'm working on. Hope you enjoy. This is a around 450 million years old.

This is a Lophospira oweni. Though some probably frown upon the practice, I've taken to giving these fossils common names. When I work with kids their eyes glaze over if I use scientific names. I call this one Owen's Ridge Spiral which is essentially what the scientific name means. This way, I'm teaching a little Latin too. As you can see it is about 20mm wide. I had to do a lot of work on this one to free it from the surrounding matrix.