Ammonite

This ammonite takes its name – bredia – from the River Bredy that flows into the sea at Freshwater, Burton Bradstock.

Ammonites are one of the most commonly-found fossils. They are extinct marine creatures – predators that moved through the water by jet-propulsion. We know this because the nautilus, the closest living relative to the ammonite, still survives today in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Find out more about ammonites on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Ammonite

Scientific name

Bredia

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Inferior Oolite

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

175 million years

Where found

Freshwater

Found by

Andy Cowap

Museum

Bridport Museum

Accession number

BRPMG 10808