Dinosaur

Although dinosaur footprints are relatively common in the Purbeck Beds of Dorset, dinosaur bones such as this iguanadon limb are very rare. The reason is suprisingly simple and obvious. Iguanadons only had two legs, but each animal made millions of footprints in its lifetime, so there were far more footprints than bones.

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Dinosaur

Scientific name

Iguanadon

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Dinosaurs


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group, Pinkstone Bed

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

142 million years

Where found

Nelson Burt Quarries in Worth Matravers

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00350