Nautilus

Additional images

This is a single chamber from a nautilus. The shell itself is not preserved; all that is preserved is the hollow space contained within one single chamber. The faint hole in the middle of the structure is where the syphuncle, a tube connecting all the chambers together, passed through the chamber wall. A series of these bizarre sections would fit together to form the coiled chambered shell. The additional image below is of a modern nautilus shell cut in half to show the chambers within the shell.

Find out more on the molluscs page.

Common name

Nautilus

Scientific name

Nautilus venroplicatus

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Upper Greensand

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

105 million years

Where found

Compton

Found by

Collected & presented Mr R W Borley of the Grosvenor Arms Hotel, Shaftsbury in 1915.

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.07951