Bivalve shell

There surely cannot be a more descriptive scientific name for this specimen; Spondylus spinosus, referring to the prominent spines extending from the shell. These perhaps stopped it sinking into the soft seabed, and deterred carnivorous snails. 

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Common name

Bivalve shell

Scientific name

Spondylus spinosus

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Chalk

Time period

Upper Cretaceous

Age

85 million years

Where found

Bryanston

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.10055