A few plesiosaurs...

The Weymouth Bay Pliosaur

The Lottery Heritage Fund has purchased an enormous pliosaur skull from the Kimmeridge Clay of the Dorset coast....more

The Lincoln Plesiosaur

A specimen found in Lincoln over a hundred years ago has recently been prepared and mounted for exhibition. It is now one of the most popular exhibits in the new Lincoln Museum....more

The Collard Plesiosaur

Press reports of the finding of a plesiosaur on the Somerset coast hit the news last year. Dennis Parsons of Somerset County Museum has given presentation on this remarkable specimen at the SPPC, and during our 'Plesiosaur Day' in November 2004....more

The Speeton Plesiosaur

The substantially complete skeleton of a plesiosaur was found by an amateur collector, Nigel Armstrong, in 2001. He recognised the importance of the find and alerted the local museums who organised a scientific excavation led by Will Watts, Dinosaur Coast Officer and Phil Manning of the Yorkshire Museum....more

Liopleurodon ferox

There is an unofficial 'Premier League' in vertebrate palaeontology which consits of the animals which attract a lot of public attention. Its members include T.rex, Seismosaurus, Argentinosaurus, Giganotosaurus and so on - the biggest and fiercest extinct animals. When the BBC broadcast 'Walking with Dinosaurs' they moved Liopleurodon ferox firmly into the Premier League. Here was an animal that made T.rex look like a kitten - 25 meters long and weighing 150 tons, an awesome predator that dwarfs anything before or since.

The problem is that Liopleurodon ferox was not 25 meters long, and did not weigh 150 tons....more

The 'Monster of Aramberri'

The discovery of a huge and substantially complete pliosaur in Mexico hit the press on the 28th December 2002....more

The Loch Ness plesiosaur

A series of plesiosaur vertebrae has been found on the shore of Loch Ness and hailed by some monster hunters as 'proof' of the existence of a living plesiosaur in the Loch....more

The Smallest Plesisoaur

Some museum collections contain a few scraps of plesiosaur materal. Others have large quantities. Whatever the size of the collection, there are almost always odd specimens which are interesting in one way or another and usually encountered whilst engaged in some completely different project. We may make a mental note to come back to them, but usually either forget, or never quite find the time....more

More - February 2008

A press release on the finds
from the 2007 season has been released by the University of Oslo. You can
find more information, and images from the expeditions on the University
web site

Plesiosaurs from Svalbard

There has been a spate of reports in the media recently about an important find of marine reptiles from the Svalbard, in the Norwegian arctic. The largest island in this archipelago is Spitzbergen....more