Crocodile

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This is a vertebra or back bone from an early crocodile. These vertebrae are different from other fossil reptile backbones in that they are more slender and thin, resembling a bow tie in the middle. A dinosaur vertebra is similar, whereas a plesiosaur vertebra is much bigger, and an ichthyosaur’s is more simple and disk-like.

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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

C Ouless in 1913

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00096-15