Coral

In many parts of the UK, the rock of the ‘Corallian Group’ is rich with fossil corals. But that isn’t the case in Dorset. Only the Ringstead Coral Bed contains corals in significant numbers. That is because, for most of the time during which the Corallian rocks were forming, the environments in what we now call Dorset had too much sediment for corals to survive.

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.04539