Starfish

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A fossil cushion!

Goniaster is a type of starfish. The legs or arms have become shortened almost to the point where the body has become a five-sided structure. They are known as ‘cushion stars’ because of their shape and plump appearance.

Find out more on the echinoderms page.

Common name

Starfish

Scientific name

Goniaster regularis

Type

Echinoderms > Starfish


Strata

Chalk, Upper

Time period

Upper Cretaceous

Age

80 million years

Where found

Thorncombe

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.09389