Pleurotomaria sp.

Pleurotomaria anglica
Pleurotomaria sp.
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Species Name: Pleurotomaria sp.

Family: Gastropod

Age: Jurassic, Great Oolite, 170 to 163 Mya.

Location: Langton Herring, Dorset


Pleurotomaria sp. gastropod mollusc collected from the Jurassic Great Oolite deposits of Langton Herring in Dorset. Pleurotomaria is an extinct genus of gastropod which belongs to the family Pleurotomariidae; one of the oldest families of gastropod, commencing in the Cambrian. Modern species live in deep waters, 2000 - 3000 m depth on the sea floor feeding on sponges and octocorals; information like this helps us establish the mode of life for these ancient fossil examples. These specimens measure between 1 and 2 cm in total shell diameter. They exhibit the characteristic trochoidal shape however some specimens may have some matrix or cement attached thus detail may suffer slightly. Supplied in a small plastic bag with an information label.

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