Bivalve shell

The beautifully-preserved ribbing, decoration and growth lines are visible on this bivalve shell. There are two different kinds of bivalves. Like this specimen, 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 shell

Scientific name

Aequipecten aspera

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Upper Greensand

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

105 million years

Where found

Bingham's Melcombe

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.08471