Ammonite

Perfect ammonites preserved in iron pyrites or fool’s gold, can be picked off the beaches around Charmouth particularly after stormy weather, This specimen was found by Barney Hansford who lived in  Charmouth.  Between the 1950s and 1970s, he built up a large collection of local fossils and displayed them in Barney’s Fossil Exhibition in Charmouth.  After his death in the late 1980s, the collection was broken up, but some specimens found their way to Bridport Museum’s collection.

Find out more about ammonites on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Ammonite

Scientific name

Crucilobiceras

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Black Ven Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

185 million years

Where found

Charmouth

Found by

Barney Hansford

Museum

Bridport Museum

Accession number

BRPMG 1184