Sea Urchin

Although sea urchins are quite common in the Upper Greensand, it’s rare to find well-preserved specimens. This example shows the plates that make up the test or shell. They are arranged in rows that reflect the five fold, or five-sided symmetry of sea urchins.

Find out more about sea urchins on the echinoderms pages.

Common name

Sea Urchin

Scientific name

Cardiaster latissimus

Type

Echinoderms > Sea Urchins


Strata

Gault

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

105 million years

Where found

Osmington

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.07193