Nautilus

Rare bits

The most commonly fossilised cephalopod parts are shells (of ammonites or nautili) and guards (of belemnites). Very rarely, as here, parts of their hard jaws are found. This specimen is most likely to be from a nautilus.

Find out more about cephalopods on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Nautilus

Scientific name

Rhyncholite

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Lower Lias

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

195 million years

Where found

Charmouth

Found by

Richard Edmonds

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.11664