Belemnite

This is the guard (pointed end of the shell) of a belemnite. It is similar to the cuttlebone found in modern cuttlefish, but much more substantial. It’s believed the animal used the guard to balance the weight of its front end.

Find out more on the molluscs page.

Common name

Belemnite

Scientific name

Hastites fustiformis

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Belemnite Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

180 million years

Where found

Golden Cap, Seatown

Found by

V.H.W.Wingrave

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.1973.108