Belemnite

Belemnites come in all shapes and sizes, but they are pointed at one end and have a hollow, chambered shell (the phragmocone) at the other. The hollow end is often crushed flat or filled with mud, which is the case here. The solid shell is usually preserved with radial needles of calcite (not visible here), and you can often see concentric growth rings.

Find out more on the molluscs page.

Common name

Belemnite

Scientific name

Cylinderoteuthis puzosianus

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Oxford Clay

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

160 million years

Where found

Weymouth

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.02848+9