Saturday, December 26, 2020

Drilluta communis Gastropod Fossil


The fossil for today's posting is Tennessee's state fossil. This gastropod mollusk fossil is called Drilluta communis (Wade, 1916). It existed in the Cretaceous Period (144-65 million years ago). The fossil was found in the Tennessee USA.

The fossil was on display in the Evolving Planet section of The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago Illinois, USA as of August 2020. Accession number is UC37952.

The genus named by Bruce Wade in 1916.

Further reading:

U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 137, The Fauna of the Ripley Formation on Coon Creek, Tennessee by Bruce Wade, 1926.