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.
Find out more on the reptiles pages.