Scelidosaur

Scelidosaurus means ‘limb lizard’. Adults were three to four metres long, low-slung, with a short neck and long tail. They had body plates, and leaf-shaped teeth for eating plants. Stegosaurs possibly evolved from them. Dinosaur vertebrae are typically long and thin, especially towards the tail.

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Common name

Scelidosaur

Scientific name

Scelidosaurus

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Dinosaurs


Strata

Lower Lias

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

195 million years

Where found

Lyme Regis

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.08590