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Mar 25, 2013 2:55 PM

Age/nature of this fossil?

Hello,

 

My daughter found this on the beach at West Bay, Dorset, under the cliffs beneath Burton Bradstock.

Despite looking like a hand, I guess it's actually a fossilised shell, but I wondered whether anyone here would be able to put an approximate age on it, and confirm that it is a shell. Is the darker coloured part, the 'filling', just mud?

 

Thank you very much.

 

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    Mar 25, 2013 4:03 PM (in response to Aliisa)
    Re: Age/nature of this fossil?

    I can give you an age to the fossil (presuming it is from the cliffs not washed in from the sea):  Jurassic Aalenian-Bathonian stage (180-165 milllion years ago)

    As for an ID it is most probably a type of Bivalve.

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