Dinosaur

The original of this plaster-cast was described by Sir Richard Owen in 1883. Owen campaigned for a new museum to house the British Museum’s natural history collections – the result is the Natural History Museum in London. He also coined the name ‘Dinosaur’.

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Common name

Dinosaur

Scientific name

Megalosaurus bucklandi

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Dinosaurs


Strata

Inferior Oolite

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

170 million years

Where found

Sherborne

Found by

Found by E Cleminshaw in 1882

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00093