Coral

Corals are quite rare in chalk. These are solitary corals that grew as individual, self-contained animals attached to the sea floor. Chalk formed from a soft ooze of microscopic plants and therefore the sea bed was not often hard enough for corals to attach too.

Find out more on the corals page.

Common name

Coral

Scientific name

Parasmilia centralis

Type

Other


Strata

Chalk

Time period

Upper Cretaceous

Age

83 million years

Where found

Unknown

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.08887-93