Ammonite

This shell is largely intact and complete with both ribbing and fine growth lines. In just a couple of small places it has broken away to show the underlying suture lines where the chambered shell meets the inside of the shell itself.

The ammonite was found at Horn Park Quarry near Beaminster. The quarry is the smallest National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Britain, being just one acre or 0.32 hectares in size. It was once a working quarry but it is no longer and the remaining outcrop is protected by a fence. There is no collecting other than for scientific and educational purposes. A section of the fossil beds have been stripped back and protected from the weather by a removable cover. To arrange a visit, contact the Senior Reserve Manager on 07899 731404.

Find out more about ammonites on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Ammonite

Type

Molluscs > Cephalopods


Strata

Inferior Oolite

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

174 million years

Where found

Horn Park Quarry

Found by

Bob Chandler

Museum

Beaminster Museum

Accession number

BM-HP-B-16