Plesiosaur

Additional images

Reptile Paddle Bone

The humerus is the top bone from the leg, in this case adapted to support one of the plesiosaur’s rear paddles. The head of the humerus is to the right as photographed, and the rest of the paddle would have been to the left. Below is a complete example of a paddle. It is a quite rare find from the Middle Jurassic rocks of Dorset.

This fossil was found while digging foundations for a house in Spa Road, Weymouth.

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Common name

Plesiosaur

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Plesiosaurs


Strata

Cornbrash

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

165 million years

Where found

Spar Road, Weymouth

Found by

Found by D H Lewton

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.06733