Cypraea (Notadusta) sp. A fossil cowry shell; AU10203

Name/Title

Cypraea (Notadusta) sp. A fossil cowry shell

About 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

Fossil

Object number

AU10203

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Neville Hudson 08 Sep 2019 21:48 PM,UTC

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.

Christine Vanderwerf 08 Sep 2019 04:30 AM,UTC

We found what looks to be an identical one today, in our fossil cliff near Orbost, Victoria, Australia.

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