Trace fossil burrow

This is a very distinctive type of worm burrow. They are typically filled with coarse debris including, in this case, fish scales. It may be that the worm dragged material, including dead animals, into its burrow to eat.

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Common name

Trace fossil burrow

Scientific name

Terebella lewesiensis

Type

Trace Fossils


Strata

Chalk Marl

Time period

Upper Cretaceous

Age

85 million years

Where found

Isle of Purbeck

Found by

Acquired by Dorset County Museum from Corfe Castle Museum in 1894.

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.08817