Ammonite

Tempting target

This block contains two specimens of Xipheroceras, both juveniles. The smaller specimen shows a bite mark opposite the aperture of the shell, at the back of the dark-coloured body chamber. If the body chamber is broken it is always broken just here, which is why this damage is considered to be bite marks. This is also the place inside the body chamber where the muscles would have been housed to hold the animal into the shell, so a tempting target.

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Common name

Ammonite

Scientific name

Xipheroceras

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Black Ven Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 million years

Where found

Black Ven, Lyme Regis

Found by

Chris Andrew

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.2010.18