Nautilus

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A living fossil

This specimen has been sectioned to show the internal gas-filled chambers, and the much larger body chamber. The inner chambers have been filled with calcite crystal, while the body chamber was filled with sediment.

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Common name

Nautilus

Scientific name

Nautilus astracoides

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Lower Lias

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 million years

Where found

Lyme Regis area

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.1973.180