Florida's Fossils & Original Shell People

The original shell people

Florida Fossil Shells • Ecphora • Calusa: the Original Shell People

These exhibits show a variety of ways in which shells offer highly important clues into the lives of Florida's original human inhabitants.

(Shown above) Calusa: The Original Shell People includes life-size models and artifacts depicting how the Calusa of Southwest Florida made the most of shell resources.


Rare treasures found in fossil pits from Maryland to Florida. Now extinct, Ecphora flourished some 30 million to 3 million years ago.

Exhibit sponsored by Jon & Beverly Thompson

Florida Fossils

Walk through the distant past and examine some of the more impressive fossil shells from Southwest Florida. On display are fossil species paired with their hypothesized closest living relatives.

Exhibit sponsored by Jon & Beverly Thompson