Bivalve shell

These are small and delicate bivalve shells from the Upper Chalk. In common with other molluscs, bivalves have a mantle which surrounds the soft parts and secretes the protective shell. They also have a muscular foot which anchors them to the sea bed or other surfaces. 

 

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve shell

Scientific name

Neithea

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Chalk, Upper

Time period

Upper Cretaceous

Age

80 million years

Where found

Thorncombe

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.09950