Brittle-stars

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Meaning of name – These creatures are shaped like stars and have very brittle arms.
Group – Ophiuroidea, Echinoderms
Age – Lower Jurassic, around 185 million years old.

Brittle-stars have five long arms which are connected to a central disc. This group of animals is still alive today and look very similar to their fossil ancestors. These fossils are only found to the east of Charmouth, around Eype.

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Brittle-star

Brittle-star
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This is an individual brittle-star fossil showing the five long brittle legs. It takes many hours for experts to prepare these fantastic fossils.


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