Starfish

Bottom dweller

Dorset Kimmeridge Clay is rich in fossils of different animals, most of which were free-swimming. Very few bottom-dwelling animals such as this starfish are found because most of the time the sea floor was stagnant and poisonous to life. Although poor for the bottom-dwellers, these conditions are excellent for fossilisation because there were few animals on the sea floor to eat, and therefore break up, the animals before they became fossilised.

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Common name

Starfish

Scientific name

Astropecten

Type

Echinoderms > Starfish


Strata

Kimmeridge Clay Formation

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

152 million years

Where found

Ringstead Bay

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.05124