Ammonite

A place of plenty

Beautifully preserved ammonites such as these can be picked off the shoreline by Tidmoor Point, near Weymouth. They are from the Oxford Clay which forms the headland. As the cliffs slump down, the small waves that run along the Fleet wash it away to leave the fossils concentrated along the shoreline.

Ammonite shells were divided into chambers. Look closer and you can see the delicate wavy suture lines, formed where the chamber walls met the shell. 

Find out more about ammonites on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Ammonite

Scientific name

Quenstedtoceras

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Oxford Clay

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

160 million years

Where found

Tidmoor Point, Weymouth

Found by

Richard Edmonds

Museum

Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton

Accession number

BULFM-2013-121