Brittle Star

Additional images

Sea currents

Look carefully and you can see that many of the legs of these three brittle stars are orientated towards the top right of the image. This suggests that there was a water current flowing across the sea bed at the time these animals became fossilised. As shown in the lower photo, brittle stars can accumulate in large numbers. It is likely that our specimens were caught up in a storm that swept across a shallow sea bed, burying them in sediment and preserving them in that moment of time.

Find out more about brittle stars on the echinoderms pages

Common name

Brittle Star

Scientific name

Palaeocoma egertoni

Type

Echinoderms > Starfish


Strata

Starfish Bed

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

180 million years

Where found

Eype

Found by

Chris Moore

Museum

Bridport Museum

Accession number

BRPMG 10817