Bivalve shell

Colour banding

Modern shells often show different coloured bands that are added with age, like tree rings. Original banding in fossils, as seen here, is very rare. The colours of these bands have probably changed.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve shell

Scientific name

Cucullaea oblongus

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Inferior Oolite

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

170 million years

Where found

Sherborne

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.01712