The world’s first complete dinosaur skeleton – found 160 years ago – has finally been studied and its position on the Jurassic family tree confirmed. Researchers from the University of Cambridge spent the past three years preparing a detailed description and biological analysis of the skeleton of the Scelidosaurus. This completes the work started by Richard Owen from the British Museum – the man who invented the name dinosaur – 160 years ago after being sent the skeleton. It was found on west Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and the rocks in which it was fossilised are around 193 million years old, close to the dawn of the Age of Dinosaurs. The Cambridge team, led by Dr David Norman, revealed the dinosaur was an ancestor of the ankylosaur – the armour-plated ‘tanks’ of the Late Cretaceous. Researchers from the University of Cambridge spent the past three years preparing a detailed description and biological analysis of the skeleton of the Scelidosaurus (artist’s impression) His work also revealed the skull had horns on its back edge, several bones not seen in any other dinosaur and a skull covered in hardened horny turtle-like scutes, or plates. After Richard Owen was sent the full Scelidosaurus fossil… Read full this story
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