This crocodilian has been given the species name purbeckensis because it is found in the Purbeck Limestone rocks, near Swanage. This specimen is a holotype and as such it defines the species Steneosaurus purbeckensis. If someone was doing new work on the classification of early crocodiles, they would come to the County Museum to look at this specimen as the ‘type’ that defines the species. It is quite a responsibility for the museum to protect this specimen for future research.
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