Bivalve shell Trace Fossil Burrow

Part body fossil, part trace fossil

This is quite an unusual specimen; a bivalve shell preserved inside its burrow. The shell is a ‘body fossil’, while the burrow is a ‘trace fossil’. Finds like this can be extraordinarily useful in that they link the two together as being the result of the same animal.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve shell Trace Fossil Burrow

Scientific name

Myopholas

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Lower Greensand

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

105 million years

Where found

Holworth House

Found by

Found by Paul C Ensom in 1985

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.09578