Long live the lobster!
Live Lobster – spot the difference!
- This amazing fossil of a lobster is over 110 million years old – yet it looks exactly like our lobsters today!
- Lobsters are crustaceans, like crabs, shrimps and prawns, and land creatures such as woodlice.
- Crustaceans belong to the arthropods, a group of animals with an armoured external skeleton (an exoskeleton), a segmented body and jointed legs. The hard exoskeleton is the part that’s preserved as a fossil.
- A problem with the hard shell is that the animal can’t grow. The solution is for them to shed their shells – the shell simply pops open and the animal climbs out. This leaves them vulnerable for a few days until the new shell forms.
- Lobsters can live to be over 100 years old.
- A lobster’s brain is in its throat, it breathes and listens with its legs, and tastes with its feet!
- Admire this exquisite lobster fossil at Sidmouth Museum.
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