Snail shell and bivalve shell

Strong currents

This sandstone contains moulds and casts of turritella gastropods (snails) and Cytherea bivalve shells. Notice how the long snail shells are orientated in similar directions – this is almost certainly because a current was flowing across the sea bed.

Find out more about gastropods on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Snail shell and bivalve shell

Scientific name

Turritella

Type

Molluscs > Gastropods


Strata

London Clay

Time period

Tertiary

Age

50 million years

Where found

Wimborne

Found by

Paul C Ensom in 1981.

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.03630