Lamp-shell

Description
Brachiopods are commonly known as lamp shells because they look like pottery oil lamps. This specimen was donated by Mr. F.G. Collins. They are preserved in a quarzitic pebble that was found in river deposits at Budleigh Salterton. Lamp shells in the genus Lingula are still found today and are described as ‘living fossils’ because they look just like their fossilised equivalents.
Accession Loan No.
385/1914/30
Collection Class
Fossils
Common Name
lamp-shell
Simple Name
fossil: brachiopod, lamp shell
Full Name
LINGULIDAE: Lingula sp.: brachiopod
Geology Period
Ordovician 488 – 443 mya
Family Group

Collection Town
Budleigh Salterton
Collection County
Devon
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe
Phylum
BRACHIOPODA
Family
LINGULIDAE
Genus
Lingula
Species
sp.

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