Dinosaur

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Most exciting fossil in museums!

This jaw section may not look like much, but it is one of the most exciting in the entire museum collection. It is from a Megalosaur (meaning ‘Giant Lizard’) – a smaller version of the iconic Tyrannosaurus rex!

Look closely and you’ll see the rows of sharp, serrated teeth, most of which are broken (the clearest serrations are on the tooth to the right of the image). That is because this specimen was trawled up from the sea bed off Portland and had been rolling around down there for decades. One day someone will find a complete skull, about one metre long, complete with rows of teeth. It will be an amazing find!

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Dinosaur

Scientific name

Megalosaur

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Dinosaurs


Strata

Kimmeridge Clay Formation

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

152 million years

Where found

Lyme Bay

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.10603