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. These fossils are only found to the east of Charmouth, around Eype. This group of animals is still alive today and look very similar to their fossil ancestors. Click here to find out more about modern Brittle Stars that live on our shores today.

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Brittle Star

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

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