Sea Urchin

The beautiful radial lines are actually where the tubed feet of the sea urchin extended through the hard shell (called the test). The feet waved about until they found a surface to attach to, then suction caps on the end grabbed hold. The foot was then retracted to drag the animal along.

Find out more on the echinoderms page.

Common name

Sea Urchin

Scientific name

Pygurus michelini

Type

Echinoderms > Sea Urchins


Strata

Cornbrash

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

166 million years

Where found

Shipton Gorge and Swyre

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.02424+13