Bivalve shell Trace Fossil Burrow

Bivalve and burrow

Here is a a really interesting specimen showing both the shell and its burrow. This type of bivalve lived buried in the sea bed. The photo shows it in life position. Extending upward were two siphon tubes contained within a burrow and part of that burrow is still attached to the bivalve. What a fantastic specimen!

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve shell Trace Fossil Burrow

Scientific name

Pholadomya

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Gault

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

105 million years

Where found

Evershot

Found by

Found by David Harvey

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.12742