Lobster

This is a really rare and exceptionally well-preserved fossil lobster from the Purbeck Beds near Swanage. The specimen is twisted round; the head is the long, oval-shaped section to the left of the image, and the claw is pivoted 180 degrees to it.

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Common name

Lobster

Scientific name

Enoploclytia dorsetensis

Type

Arthropods > Crustaceans


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

142 million years

Where found

Swanage

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.06518+9