Crocodile

This crocodilian has been given the species name purbeckensis because it is found in the Purbeck Limestone rocks, near Swanage. This specimen is a holotype and as such it defines the species Steneosaurus purbeckensis. If someone was doing new work on the classification of early crocodiles, they would come to the County Museum to look at this specimen as the ‘type’ that defines the species. It is quite a responsibility for the museum to protect this specimen for future research.

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Common name

Crocodile

Scientific name

Steneosaurus purbeckensis

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Crocodiles and Turtles


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

142 million years

Where found

Swanage

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00097