Maryland's State Fossil Shell: the Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae
Photograph courtesy of the Governor's Press Office, State of Maryland

In 1984 the shell of the Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae, an extinct snail, was named the State fossil shell. The Ecphora inhabited the Chesapeake Bay 5 to 12 million years ago.

An Ecphora shell found in St. Mary's County about 1685, was one of the first North American fossils illustrated in European scientific works.

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