27 Oct 2009

Runswick Bay plesiosaurs...

have a big brother (or sister) from Dorset.

The Natural History Museum's pliosaur is from the Kettleness alum quarries at the eastern end of Runswick Bay. On the Today Programme this morning a palaeontologist said that little is known about plesiosaurs because so few complete specimens have been found.

Those of us lucky enough to live here clearly have a duty to be on the beach and cliffs looking at the weathering and rock falls. Dorset's pliosaur is reckoned to be 16 metres long and said to be one of the greatest top predators ever that 'would make T rex look like a kitten'.

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