Pliosaur

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Portland’s own pliosaur

Portland is a hugely important site for late Jurassic reptiles, including plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, turtles and dinosaurs. These finds are incredibly rare, but that makes Portland all the more significant because there are very few other places in the UK where rocks of this age are exposed and produce fossils. As the name suggests, this fossil is named after Portland, Pliosaurus portlandicus, by Richard Owen in 1869.

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Common name

Pliosaur

Scientific name

Pliosaurus portlandicus

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Plesiosaurs


Strata

Portland Limestone

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

150 million years

Where found

Portland

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00010