The fossilised sea creature has a spiral-patterned shell with inch-long bristles jutting from it to ward off predators – and which inspired Emily to nickname it ‘Spike’. It was encased in a block of mudstone when it was found, so Emily passed it on to geologist Neville Hollingworth for restoration.
She was reunited with it on Sunday at the Gateway Information Centre near Cirencester, where Spike is on display.
Emily, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, said: ‘It is so exciting to see him. I was very happy when I first saw him and now he looks very shiny.’
Story: Claire Ellicott, Daily Mail | Photo: Daily Mail