I found this snail in tennessee. It is about 6 inches in diameter and 2 and a half inches wide. It is a gemstone green with dark blue at the bottem. a very unusual fossil. any collectors interestedIfound this snail in tennessee.
Maybe I'm not seeing it correctly, but I don't think it is a fossil. The spiral aspect looks man-made to me. I can't tell about the rest of it, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a piece of soapstone, which somebody had a go at carving.
Hello Mike, Thanks for looking at the pics. I don't think this is soap stone because there is no soap stone any where around here, and this looks like it has been chrystallized . It was very hard to cut with a diamond blade when I cleaned it some. It looks like it has been melted into the rock that's attached to it. Would a jewellry expert know what the material is, and how old it is maybe. Well it has been nice meeting you on here and again thank you very much. I live in middle Tennessee, Williamsport, Tn. Nice hearing from you. Rick King, email@example.com
Another opinion is almost always a good idea (not necessarily, if you're trying to find the way someplace).
You could also try an earth science faculty / geology dept. at a university/college, if you have one nearby. Just wander in and look like you really need some help! Fair chance somebody will take pity on you.
We'd be interested to know how you get on.
Sorry we were not a great deal of use.
Hello Mike, This is the answer I got about my snail fossil. and again thank you very much for your help and advice. Rick
Dear Mr. King,
Thank you for your questions and pictures of your fossil. The large size and flat appearance on the spiral side of the specimen suggest that it may be a specimen of Maclurites magnus – a very large marine snail, whose fossils are well known in Ordovician rocks of middle and east Tennessee. If that is a correct identification and interpretation, it would be approximately 450-500 million years old. The crystallized appearance is not unusual and is part of the fossilization process.
Thomas W. Broadhead, Ph.D.
Professor of Geology and Director
Undergraduate Academic Advancement
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
320 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0230