Cypraea (Notadusta) sp. A fossil cowry shell; AU10203
Cypraea (Notadusta) sp. A fossil cowry shellAbout this object
A well preserved fossil cowry from the Late Miocene (6.5-5 million years old). Cowries are warm water inhabitants and are only found in the far north of New Zealand (Poor Knights Islands) today. It was dug from soft rocks forming the shore platform between Te Araroa and East Cape, North Island, New Zealand. The presence of such fossils indicates the Miocene climate of New Zealand was considerably warmer than today.Object Type
Yes, these are not uncommon in the younger rocks (Miocene?) in Victoria. We have one or two from a site near Melbourne. Those from Victoria are likely to be closely related but a different species.
We found what looks to be an identical one today, in our fossil cliff near Orbost, Victoria, Australia.
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