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Information about fossil Belemnites.
Belemnites are a common fossil found worldwide, through the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
Specifically, the common fossil is a part known as the ‘rostrum’ – the soft pieces of the Belemnite rarely fossilise. The rostrum is thought to have been a counterbalance to the head of the squid, used during swimming.
As these pieces are found worldwide, they are of tremendous help to geologists; helping with the study of current direction, ambient temperature, and climate.
In the UK they can be found in the cliffs and on the beaches around Charmouth, as well as many other locations – even in household gravel, sometimes.
In Australia, opalised Belemnites have been found with gorgeous play of colour.