The world’s only example of a new species of pliosaur (Pliosaurus carpenteri) will go on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery this June.
The length of a bus with sharp teeth the size of bananas, four huge flippers and crushingly powerful jaws, the pliosaur was the ultimate predator of the Jurassic seas and may have swam right where you’re standing.
Bristol was a very different place 150 million years ago. A warm tropical ocean covered the land, and while dinosaurs walked the earth and pterosaurs were flying the skies, marine reptiles dominated the seas. The pliosaur was the biggest and fiercest of all – there is nothing alive like them today.
Our internationally significant pliosaur will go on public display for the first time this summer as part of the blockbuster family exhibition Pliosaurus!
Alongside the fossil, visitors will come face to face with a full size replica of a living pliosaur. But like all unique museum beasts – she needs a name!
Can you help us name her? To help you decide, here’s some more information about our creature:
- She is female
- She is 8 metres long in total with a long skull measuring 1.8 metres long
- She was a Bristol local and lived 150 million years ago
- She was a top predator in the Jurassic seas and hunted fish, squid and other marine reptiles
- She has a number of injuries including a dislocated broken jaw, infected flipper and a mouth abscess!
You can vote for your favourite name using the form below. Voting closes on Sunday 12 March.