Brachiopod shell

These are typical Terebratulid brachiopods from the Middle Jurassic period. Brachiopods are marine animals that have existed for around 550 million years. They have a pair of shells, which they can clamp shut for protection, or open slightly to filter the water for food.

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Common name

Brachiopod shell

Scientific name

Ornithella obovata

Type

Brachiopods


Strata

Cornbrash

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

165 million years

Where found

Nottington, near Weymouth

Found by

Paul C Ensom in 1979

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.04520