Nautilus

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A rhyncholite is the beak of a nautilus. They are solid, unlike the beaks of birds, and would have been very powerful. Nautili might have used these beaks to attack and kill some ammonites. Their beaks were certainly strong enough to have penetrated the shells of smaller individuals.

Find out more about nautili on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Nautilus

Scientific name

rhyncholite

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Black Ven Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 million years

Where found

Black Ven, Lyme Regis

Found by

Paddy Howe

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.2010.12