Scelidosaurus

Dinosaur or not?

Here are some beautifully-preserved vertebrae from a famous local dinosaur, Scelidosaurus. It lived on land, but its bones were washed into the sea and buried. Well, that’s the view of the museum – but some people think it’s a string of plesiosaur vertebrae. Expert comment welcome.

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Common name

Scelidosaurus

Scientific name

Scelidosaurus

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Dinosaurs


Strata

Belemnite Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

189 million years

Where found

Foreshore, west of Seaton

Found by

Found by P R Pearson in 1983

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.07842