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Cabinet of Curiosities: Natural History, Entomology and Minerals / Grand gastéropode fossile Large Fossil Gastropod

Lot 44
Grand gastéropode fossile

Large Fossil Gastropod
21 September 2022, 14:00 CEST
Paris

€800 - €1,200

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Grand gastéropode fossile

Large Fossil Gastropod

Campanile giganteum
Eocene
Champagne Region, Damery, France

The spiral construction and robust knobs of this ancient gastropod are characteristic of the species, giving it a sculptural quality prized by collectors. Its elegant tapering form and attractively textured and robustly contoured shell have made it a favorite. Like most French Eocene fossils, the present specimen boasts a lovely, clean chalky white color. It rests in an appropriately seashore-like limestone matrix, teeming with much smaller gastropods, bivalves and other marine life.

The ancient Campanile is considered to be the largest gastropod that ever lived, reaching lengths of up to 60 cm. The closest living relative is the Australian Campanile symbolicum. Measuring 42 x 13 cm on an overall matrix

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