Bivalve shell

The paler Kimmeridge Clay shales can be packed with crushed bivalve shells like these, often with the thin shell still preserved. There is some debate as to whether these animals lived on the sea floor or drifted in on sea weeds that have not been preserved.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve shell

Scientific name

Protocardia

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Kimmeridge Clay

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

155 million years

Where found

Chapman's Pool




Found by

Mrs Calkin

Museum

Swanage Museum

Accession number

SWNTB.1992.09