Crocodile

Additional images

We can tell that these are crocodile vertebrae because they are quite thin towards the centre. This ‘bow-tie’ appearance sets them apart from most other reptile vertebrae, although dinosaur backbones do look quite similar.

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Crocodile

Scientific name

Steneosaurus

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Crocodiles and Turtles


Strata

Oxford Clay

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

160 million years

Where found

Brown's brickfield, Putton Lane, Chickerell

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00113