Bivalve shell

Gas pipe dig

This bivalve was dicovered during temporary excavations for a gas pipe. Such works create a unique opportunity to see the rock layers under the ground and collect fossils from them. An important function of the museum is to hold those fossils, as it is very unlikely that a similar opportunity will ever arise again in that location.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve shell

Scientific name

Modiolus bipartitus


Molluscs > Bivalves


Kellaways Beds

Time period

Middle Jurassic


165 million years

Where found

Lillington gas pipe trench

Found by

Found by Hugh Torrens


Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number