Brachiopod shell

Additional images

This specimen looks remarkably like the Middle Chalk Gibbithyris semiglobosa, as shown in the lower photo. The name brachiopod comes from the Greek words ‘brachio’ and ‘poda’, meaning ‘arm’ and ‘foot’. The arm is a hard structure inside the shell that supports an organ covered in fine hairs. These hairs filter the water to find food. The foot is a fleshy stalk that attaches it to the sea floor.

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Common name

Brachiopod shell

Scientific name

Kingena

Type

Brachiopods


Strata

Chalk

Time period

Upper Cretaceous

Age

85 million years

Where found

Thorncombe

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.09284