Ammonite

This ammonite shows some slight crushing, which is not uncommon for fossils preserved in the Green Ammonite Beds. Its narrow, streamlined profile may have made it one of the fastest-swimming ammonites. They moved by sucking water through the mouth, pumping it over the gills, then squirting it out again. This propelled the animal through the water – backwards! 

Find out more about ammonites on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Ammonite

Scientific name

Tragophylloceras loscombi

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Green Ammonite Beds

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 million years

Where found

Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.1973.141