Brachiopod shell

Here is a classic rhynchonellid brachiopod with a strongly ridged shell. The example top left shows the pedical opening very clearly. A fleshy stalk, the pedicle, extended from this hole and anchored the shell to the sea floor. This is one of the fundamental differences between these ancient sea shells and nearly all of the modern sea shells we find on the sea shore today.

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Common name

Brachiopod shell

Type

Brachiopods


Strata

Unknown

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

Unknown

Where found

Unknown; possibly the Marlstone Rock Bed at Eype

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Bridport Museum

Accession number

BRPMG 8459 and BRPMG 8461