Snail shell

These snails lived in freshwater ponds, as their descendants do today. They ate plants and algae, and breathed air so needed to emerge above the water’s surface occasionally.

Find out more about gastropods on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Snail shell

Scientific name

Physa bristovii

Type

Molluscs > Gastropods


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

140 million years

Where found

Osmington

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.06502