Bivalve shell

This bivalve (scallop) is beautifully-preserved as a cast in flint. The two valves (the two shells) are together as they would have been when the creature was alive, and the detail is excellent. The occasional, stronger growth lines may be annual lines (modern scallops have them too), making this shell five years old when it died.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve shell

Scientific name

Chlamys robinaldinus

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Chalk

Time period

Upper Cretaceous

Age

80 million years

Where found

Lyme Regis area

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.1973.347