Crustacean

These creatures are similar to the woodlouse and sea slater that live on the upper shore, and are still very common in Kimmeridge Bay. They belong to a group of crustaceans known as the isopods, and are related to crabs and lobsters.

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Common name

Crustacean

Scientific name

Archaeoniscus brodie

Type

Arthropods > Crustaceans


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group, Lower

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

140 million years

Where found

Kingston Matravers

Found by

Paul Ensom, L Robertson, J Clarke & J Cowley in 1988

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.11557i