Brittle Star

Resting trace or fossil remains?

This is the impression of a starfish from the ‘Starfish Bed’ between Eype and Seatown. It is identified as ‘a resting trace’, where the live creature rested then moved on. But is it? Look carefully and you can see the ends of three legs. So was there an actual fossil here, which was later washed away by the sea?

 

Find out more about brittle stars on the echinoderms page.

 

Common name

Brittle Star

Type

Echinoderms > Starfish


Strata

Starfish Bed, Eype Clay, Middle Lias

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 million years

Where found

Eypes Mouth

Found by

P C Ensom in 1983

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.07258