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Scelidosaur, the Charmouth dinosaur

This is a dorsal vertebra (a back bone in between the shoulders and hips) of a young dinosaur. It is from a scelidosaur, which are only found in the Charmouth area. This specimen was one of the first dinosaurs to be discovered and described anywhere in the world. 

The specimen is the paratype, which means that it has been used, along with the holotype, to define the species Scelidosaurus harrisoni. This was done by being ‘figured’ or described in Richard Owen’s paper ‘Monographs on the British Fossil Reptilia From The Oolitic Formations 1861’ (later changed to ‘Monographs on the British Fossil Reptilia From The Liassic Formations 1881’).

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name


Scientific name

Scelidosaurus harrisoni


Vertebrates > Reptiles > Dinosaurs


Black Ven Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic


190 million years

Where found

Black Ven, Lyme Regis

Found by

A quarryman working for James Harrison


Lyme Regis Museum

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