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Pronounced – Skelll-id-oh-saw-rus
Meaning of name – ‘Limb-lizard’
Group – Dinosaur, Reptile
Age – Lower Jurassic, around 195 million years old

Scelidosaurus is the best preserved and most complete dinosaur found so far in Britain. It is only found here at Charmouth and nowhere else in the world. It was a heavily armoured plant eating dinosaur, which was related to ankylosaurs and stegosaurs and lived near the ancient shores of what is now ‘England’.

Scientists think that a herd of these dinosaurs were washed out to sea and drowned. The Centre has a life size cast of the most complete Scelidosaur found to date and new display all about these amazing dinosaurs.

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This is a photograph of the dinosaur after the eight months of preparation work by local expert David Costin. Copyright of Bristol's Museums, Galleries & Archives.

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