Crocodile

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Close relative of a crocodile

Modern crocodiles appeared in the Late Cretaceous period, but their ancestors are well known from the Lower Cretaceous rocks along the Purbeck coast and quarries. The genus Steneosaurus is split into short, broad-jawed and long, narrow-jawed varieties. Can you see which group this specimen belongs to?

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Crocodile

Scientific name

Steneosaurus

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Crocodiles and Turtles


Strata

Kimmeridge Clay Formation

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

152 million years

Where found

Ringstead Bay, east of Ringstead cottages

Found by

Found by C Ouless in 1913

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00096-1