Dinosaur

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Breaking down bones

This may not look like much, but it is in fact a dinosaur backbone! The clues are in the size and depth of the vertebra. An ichthyosaur vertebra is disk-like, a plesiosaur’s is ‘fat’, and a crocodile’s is very indented along the sides. Compare it to other vertebra specimens on the database.

Based on the size and the fact that it was trawled off the sea bed, this specimen is probably from the Kimmeridge Clay off Portland (Upper Jurassic). This is supported by crocodile finds from the sea bed, also likely to be from the Upper Jurassic.

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Common name

Dinosaur

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Dinosaurs


Strata

Unknown

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

Unknown

Where found

Unknown

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Bridport Museum

Accession number

BRPMG 1076