The Wenlock Reef
This model of the Wenlock reef shows it as it would have looked when it was alive 420 million years ago.
Use your mouse to have a look around and identify the different creatures living on and around the reef. Click to find out more about each type of creature.
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Crinoids such as this Gissocrinus extend their delicate ‘arms’ into the water to feed.
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The yellow segmented worm close to this trilobite probably lived on the reef but would not have been fossilised.
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The skeleton of this solitary coral (Omphyma) will form part of the reef framework.
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The skeletons of these bryozoans (Fistulopora) form part of the reef structure
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This cross section through the reef shows the shells of dead brachiopods incorporated into the limestone sediment.
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The shells of these brachiopods (Atrypa) will become incorporated into the sediment when they die.