Coral

Corals are actually quite rare in the rocks from the Jurassic Coast, which is perhaps surprising given how profuse corals are in tropical seas today. But there is a simple explanation. Corals live in clear water and are very sensitive to sediment. As sediment makes up the fossil-rich rocks that now form our coast, it isn’t an environment where corals tend to live. 

Find out more on the corals page.

Common name

Coral

Scientific name

Thecosmilia annularis

Type

Other


Strata

Corallian Group, Ringstead Coral Bed

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

158 million years

Where found

Ringstead

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.04529