Nautilus

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A living fossil

Unlike ammonites, nautili did not become extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period. Studying modern nautili helps us to understand ammonites. They move using water jet propulsion, and regulate their buoyancy with gas and water in their shell chambers.

Find out more on the molluscs page.

Common name

Nautilus

Scientific name

Nautilus

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Inferior Oolite

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

170 million years

Where found

Loaders Cross / Vinney Cross Road cutting

Found by

David Sole

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00516