Ammonite

This specimen has a crushed body chamber, which is not unusual in ammonites preserved in the softer local rocks. Ammonites are one of the most commonly-found fossils. They are extinct marine creatures – predators that moved through the water by jet-propulsion. We know this because the nautilus, the closest living relative to the ammonite, still survives today in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Find out more about ammonites on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Ammonite

Scientific name

Beaniceras luridum

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Green Ammonite Beds

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 million years

Where found

Near Charmouth

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.1973.140