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Dinosaur skeleton goes on display

Scelidosaurus
The skeleton shows the dinosaur was covered with armour

The most complete skeleton of a dinosaur, unearthed in Dorset, has gone on public display in Bristol.

The detail on the spiky plant-eating scelidosaurus is so clear it is possible to see the contents of its last meal still in its throat.

Fossil hunter Dave Soul made the discovery near Charmouth eight years ago and kept going back until he had collected the entire dinosaur.

The skeleton went on show at the Bristol Museum on Friday.

The scelidosaurus was the length of a car and almost as heavy, museum staff said.

'Best-preserved'

The dinosaurs moved in herds and lived in the Jurassic period, 190m years ago.

Experts who examined the bones say the skeleton shows the dinosaur was more spiky than previously thought and that its whole body was covered with armour.

It has gone on display alongside the remains of two younger specimens of the dinosaur.

Dr Tim Ewin, acting curator of geology, said: "This is certainly a coup for Bristol.

"We are pleased to have these outstanding specimens, they are the best-preserved dinosaur remains ever found in England."


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