This is the third post in the continuing series of using fossil Turritella shells to "tell time."
|height 87 mm|
Turritella andersoni lawsoni Dickerson, 1916
AGE RANGE: Cenozoic (early middle Eocene = 45 million years ago).
GEOGRAPHIC RANGE: Central California to northern Baja California, Mexico.
REMARKS: In order to correctly identify this species, it is necessary to have a nearly complete individual specimen that shows both the immature and mature growth stages. Note that the posterior part (immature stage) of the shell of T. andersoni lawsoni looks different that the anterior part (mature stage). A complete specimen of this subspecies reminds me of a "Tootsie Roll."
This turritellid is a subspecies, which is a group very similar to a species (in this particular case, very similar to the slightly geologically older T. andersoni Dickerson, 1916) but slightly different.
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