Bivalve shell

Here you can see the fragment of a bivalve shell embedded in the surrounding chalk. As the name suggests, bivalves consist of two shells. ‘Bi’ means two and ‘valve’ means shell. The shells are held together by a strong muscle, and hinged at the pointed end.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve shell

Scientific name

Inoceramus sp.

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Chalk, Middle

Time period

Upper Cretaceous

Age

90 million years

Where found

Pinhay bay, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Sidmouth Museum

Accession number

SID.G286.2009