Giant dinosaur skull goes on show in Dorset after Attenborough TV show

A GIANT dinosaur skull found on the Jurassic Coast has gone on display – just days after appearing in a David Attenborough documentary.

BBC show, Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster, aired on New Year’s Day and the pliosaur skull the legendary naturalist explored is now on show in Dorset.

A recreation of a pliosaur attacking an icthyosaur. Picture: BBC Studios

A recreation of a pliosaur attacking an icthyosaur. Picture: BBC Studios

People can find out more about how the creature lived, hunted, and died in the Jurassic seas of Kimmeridge 150 million years ago.

“This really is the most complete pliosaur skull that has been discovered to date and it is one of, if not the most important specimen ever to come out from the Kimmeridge clay, and globally, this is one of the best specimens you’ll see,” said Dr Steve Etches MBE.

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Scientifically, it is thought the specimen will unlock a treasure trove of secrets for many years to come.

Throughout the filming process for the Attenborough show, the museum worked with some of the most prestigious university palaeontology departments, utilising state-of-the-art technologies to reveal fascinating details about this ferocious predator.

But there is still more work to be done to further study this once-in-a-lifetime find, a spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, people can see the 150-million-year-old fossil for themselves at the Etches Collection, in Kimmeridge.



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