Ammonite

Ammonites of the genus Xipheroceras have spines, presumably for defence, and could grow to be over 30cms across. Even though ammonites became extinct we know from their fossils that they were a very successful type of creature for millions of years. They lived all over the world, were adapted to all sorts of habitats and there were a great many of them living in the oceans

Find out more about ammonites on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Ammonite

Scientific name

Xipheroceras dudressieri

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Black Ven Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 million years

Where found

Black Ven, Lyme Regis

Found by

V.H.W.Wingrave

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.1973.72