• José H. Leal

Super-size Me, Said the Fossil Cowrie!

Reaching 247 mm (about 9.7 inches!), Zoila gigas (McCoy, 1867), a middle Miocene fossil species from Australia, is the largest known cowrie (family Cypraeidae), fossil or living. The shell in this photo, measuring about 7.5 inches, collected in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia, is cataloged in the Museum collection under number BMSM 39220. Read more about mollusks and their shells on the Museum web site.