Giant Jurassic beast on display


Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is taking visitors back in time 150 million years to meet a fearsome Jurassic beast - the pliosaur!

Bristol was a very different place 150 million years ago.

Warm seas covered the land where the city stands today and while dinosaurs walked the land, marine reptiles dominated the seas. One of the biggest and fiercest of all was the pliosaur. 

The length of a bus, with sharp teeth the size of bananas, four huge flippers and crushingly powerful jaws, the pliosaur was the ultimate underwater predator. There is nothing alive like them today.

Isla Gladstone, Senior Curator of Natural Science at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery said: “Visitors will be able to dive into the Jurassic deep and come face to face with our very special pliosaurus, Doris. You’ll be able to touch her skin, listen to her heartbeat, and even smell her disgusting breath! At over eight metres long, she is a very impressive beast. ”

Visitors will also get to see one of the world’s most complete pliosaur fossils. The museum’s specimen is the only known fossil of a species of pliosaur called the Pliosaurus carpenteri. 

Discovered in Westbury, Wiltshire in 1994, it took 10 years to prepare all the fossils that were found. 

Pliosaurus! Face to face with a Jurassic Beast opens at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on 17 June 2017. Entry to the exhibition is pay what you think. This exhibition is particularly suitable for families with children aged 3—11 years. If you want to meet Doris at a quieter time, please visit after 2pm on weekdays (outside of holidays). Please bring a parent or a guardian if you are under 12. 

Make sure to pick up your Jurassic Explorer pack when you arrive for more exciting Jurassic-related activities throughout the museum!

When: 17 June—7 January 2018 

Where: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery  


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