Snail shell

Driller killer!

These meat-eating sea snails drilled holes into other shells to eat the soft-bodied animals inside. Fossil shells sometimes preserve the drilled holes. This example is preserved as an internal cast of the shell; the shell itself has been dissolved away to expose the once-hollow interior, now filled with sediment.

Find out more about gastropods on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Snail shell

Scientific name

Natica

Type

Molluscs > Gastropods


Strata

Corallian Group, Trigonia Clavellata Beds

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

158 million years

Where found

Warrens' Quarry, Todber

Found by

K Gutman

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.04715