For more than 160 million years, dinosaurs ruled the Earth. More than 800 species are known, but it is likely there were many more. We have a number of representatives from this lost world on display in the gallery ...
Found in the Cretaceous rocks of South-East England, this herbivore probably lived in herds and was common in lowland areas across Europe. A complete Iguanodon skeleton can be found at the museum entrance.
T.rex lived at the very end of the Cretaceous Period. It was a meat-eating dinosaur, one of the largest to have ever lived. The Museums T.rex skull is a resin replica of a fossil nicknamed Stan, after Stan Sacrison who discovered it. Doncaster artist Ian Curran made the T.rex sculpture that stands outside the Museum.
At 70 cm (28 inches) in length , Compsognathus is one of the smallest known dinosaurs. The long tail provided balance when running. On display are the skeleton and a life-sized model of this tiny predator.
This Jurassic giant had teeth like steak-knives and sharp, hooked claws. At 8 m (26 feet) in length, an adult Megalosaurus was about the same size as a bus. The skull on display was found in Oxfordshire.
This 'terrible claw' was a light and agile predator from the Cretaceous. It had sharp, hooked claws that could rotate into the flesh of their prey.
This small herbivore had teeth and sharp beak used for nipping of leaves and shoots. It was also an extremely fast runner. It lived in the early Cretaceous Period and was found on the Isle of Wight.
Almost as big as a T.rex, Allosaurus lived in the late Jurassic Period. It ate the large plant-eating sauropods and stegosaurs of the time, and had a jaw filled with long, serrated, back-curving teeth.
The Museums Archaeopteryx is a replica of a slab now in the Berlin Museum of Natural History. It is the most complete specimen found so far. It lived in the late Jurassic Period and was the size of a raven.
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