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Weymouth Bay Pliosaur

The fossilised skull of a Pliosaur (Pliosaurus kevani), the largest marine reptile that ever lived. Dating back around 155 million years, the pliosaur skull was discovered on the nearby Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and is one of the largest and best preserved fossils of its kind ever found.

The skull is 2.4 metres long and could belong to a creature measuring up to 16 metres in length from tip to tail and weighing up to 12 tonnes. It is believed to be 155m years old. A type of plesiosaur, the pliosaur had a short neck and huge, crocodile-like heads that contained immensely powerful jaws with a set of huge, razor-sharp teeth.

 

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