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72-Million-Year-Old Snail Fossil Uncovered in Romania

A brand-new types of the extinct land snail genus Ferussina has actually been determined from a total specimen discovered in Hațeg Basin, Romania.

A creative restoration of Ferussina petofianaImage credit: Márton Zsoldos.

The newly-described types comes from Ferussinaa little extinct genus of land snails understood from the Paleogene duration of Europe.

The genus is presently categorized in its own household, Ferussinidae, in the superfamily Cyclophoroidea.

Called Ferussina petofianathe brand-new types lived throughout the Maastrichtian age of the Late Cretaceous date, some 72 million yeas back.

Ferussina was previously taped just from Paleogene (Middle Eocene to Upper Oligocene and possibly to Upper Miocene) deposits of Western Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland, northern Italy),” stated Dr. Barna Páll-Gergely from the HUN-REN Centre for Agricultural Research and associates.

“The brand-new types is the earliest, along with the easternmost agent of its genus.”

The shell of Ferussina petofiana was 10.8 mm in size and 4.4 mm in height.

“The shell is depressed with flat base, domed dorsal surface area, and rounded or somewhat carried body whorl,” the paleontologists stated.

“Last ca. quarter whorl turns upright, raising greater than peak.”

Holotype and just specimen of Ferussina petofianaImage credit: Páll-Gergely et aldoi: 10.17109/ azh.69.4.337.2023.

The only specimen of Ferussina petofiana was discovered in the Densuș-Ciula Formation in Romania.

Ferussina petofiana was found in uppermost Cretaceous deposits cropping out in the area of Vălioara town, in the northwestern corner of Hațeg Basin, in western Romania,” the scientists stated.

“These deposits are mostly understood for their fossil vertebrate animals that includes dwarf dinosaurs very first explained more than a century back, although uncommon invertebrates and plants have actually likewise been reported from them.”

The discovery of Ferussina petofiana represents an essential variety extension for the genus Ferussinaand includes it to the quick list of European groups that appear to have actually endured the end-Cretaceous mass termination occasion.

“The event of Ferussina in layers of Maastrichtian age, represents a minimum chronostratigraphic variety extension of about 23 million years for this genus,” the authors stated.

“Furthermore, its existence in western Romania throughout the current Cretaceous likewise suggests a crucial geographical variety extension eastward compared to its Paleogene location of circulation that covers parts of Western Europe.”

“Based on presently offered information, it appears that the geographical circulation of the genus moved westward with time, which remains in contract with the truth that Cyclophoridae are of Asian origin, although such an image might represent a minimum of in part the outcome of its rather irregular fossil record.”

“The most crucial ramification of the discovery of Ferussina petofiana in the uppermost Cretaceous of Hațeg Basin is that the resulting extended chronostratigraphic variety of the genus (which of its moms and dad subfamily,

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