Britain’s oldest dinosaur fossil found on North Yorkshire coast | Science | The Guardian

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How scientists imagine a sauropod would have looked.

How scientists imagine a sauropod would have looked. The backbone found at Whitby represents the earliest skeletal record of this type of dinosaur from the UK. Photograph: Jason Poole/University of Manchester/PA

Experts say they have identified Britain’s oldest sauropod dinosaur from a fossil bone discovered on the North Yorkshire coast.

The dinosaur backbone – which dates back about 176m years to the Middle Jurassic period – was found on a beach at Whitby after it fell out of a cliff face.

It represents the earliest skeletal record of this type of dinosaur from the UK and adds to existing evidence from Yorkshire dinosaur tracks that the creatures once…

via Britain’s oldest dinosaur fossil found on North Yorkshire coast | Science | The Guardian.

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