Brachiopod shell

This is a type of brachiopod that lived fixed above the sea floor, unable to move or see. Brachiopod shells opened along an asymmetrical line. This possibly helped them separate the water that was being drawn into the shell – where it was filtered for food – from the water that was being expelled afterwards. 

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Common name

Brachiopod shell

Scientific name

Septaliphoria hudlestoni

Type

Brachiopods


Strata

Kimmeridge Clay Formation, Abbotsbury Iron Stone

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

152 million years

Where found

Abbotsbury

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.05126