Bivalve oyster shell

This is a very common oyster shell in the Upper Greensand, often found in masses clumped together. There are two different kinds of bivalves. Mussels, scallops and clams have a solid, hard shell, whereas the shell of the oyster is made of many fine layers.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve oyster shell

Scientific name

Exogyra obliquata

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Upper Greensand

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

105 million years

Where found

Up Sydling Farm

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.08367