Snail shell

Ghost of colour?

Pleurotomaria snails still live today, and often have colourful orange and white growth rings. Although no growth ring colours have been preserved on this fossil shell, the ring pattern resembles that of modern forms.

Find out more about gastropods on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Snail shell

Scientific name

Pleurotomaria pallium

Type

Molluscs > Gastropods


Strata

Inferior Oolite

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

170 million years

Where found

Bradford Abbas

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.01552