Ammonite

A racing ammonite!  

This type of ammonite has a distinctively streamlined shape and is thought to have been one of the fastest swimmers of all the ammonites. These creatures moved by sucking water through the mouth, pumping it over the gills, then squirting it out again. This propelled the animal through the water – backwards! 

Find out more about ammonites on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Ammonite

Scientific name

Oxynoticeras wingravei

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Black Ven Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 million years

Where found

Unknown but probably Charmouth

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Bridport Museum

Accession number

BRPMG 1174