Plesiosaur

Additional images

This is a slightly damaged vertebra (backbone) from an Elasmosaur, the plesiosaur with an extraordinarily long neck. In order to support their body, these plesiosaurs had a complex neural arch onto which muscles were attached. See the lower photo for a more complete specimen.

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Plesiosaur

Scientific name

Elasmosaur

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Plesiosaurs


Strata

Kimmeridge Clay Formation

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

152 million years

Where found

Portland Bill

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00610