Bivalve oyster shell

This is a really massive and distinctive oyster from the Upper Jurassic rocks around Weymouth. It is extremely common, especially after rough weather.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve oyster shell

Scientific name

Gryphaea (bilobissa) dilatata

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Oxford Clay

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

160 million years

Where found

Jordan's Cliff, near Weymouth

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.02816