Lobster

Claw back the years 

Unbelievably, this lobster is over 100 million years old! Compare its segmented body and claw to a modern-day lobster, and you’ll see that there is hardly any difference at all. Undamaged specimens such as this are hard to find, and even harder to clean or prepare. 

Find out more on the crustaceans page.

Common name

Lobster

Scientific name

Hoploparia longimana

Type

Arthropods > Crustaceans


Strata

Upper Greensand

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

103 million years

Where found

Lyme Regis

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.08708