Megalosaur

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This is a very rare dinosaur bone from the Portland Limestone. It was obviously recovered from the masonary works after the primary saw had cut the block and uncovered the bone. The museum label says ‘megalosaur toe bone’, but we think the bone is too large to be a megalosaur. Compare it to the toe bone from a sauropod (see lower photo) – it’s smaller than this one, yet sauropods were much larger than megalosaurs.

Find out more on the reptiles page.

Common name

Megalosaur

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Dinosaurs


Strata

Portland Limestone

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

145 million years

Where found

Unknown

Found by

Presented by Mr H J Simpson of Bath and Portland Stone Firms LTD, to the collection of Dr Marie Stopes who founded Portland Museum in 1930.

Museum

Portland Museum

Accession number

POLPM.T1001