The Nummulite-Whisperer Snail

The Nummulite-Whisperer Snail

by Manuel de Paz Álvarez

It has been long since Strabo mistook these coin-like shells for lentils dropped by rushed workers in the Gizah pyramids of Egypt.
These Nummulite fossils in particular once lived in a shallow sea of northern Iberia during the Ypresian (Eocene), some 50Ma ago. Today, still close to the coast, a snail crawls over them, absorbed in his morning thoughts.
Photo taken close to the Cantabrian locality of San Vicente de la Barquera, northern Spain.

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