Belemnite

Ink-credible!

Belemnites are extinct, squid-like animals. Look closely and you can see the ink sac of this belemnite, close to the guard (bullet-like shell). It is ususual because soft parts of animals are not usually preserved as fossils. A stagnating, muddy seafloor provided perfect preservation conditions. 

Find out more on the molluscs page.

Common name

Belemnite

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Lower Lias

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

195 million years

Where found

Seatown

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.01214