Poekilopleuron bucklandi

  • Pronounced:  poe-Key-low-Pler - on

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Various Side"

  • Length:  30 feet (9 m)

  • Height:  10 feet (3m)

  • Weight:  1.5 (1,300 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Jurassic - 165 mya

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Europe

Poekilopleuron was found in 1838, making it one of the first dinosaurs ever discovered in Europe. Unfortunately, no one will ever see or study the original fossils of this large, ferocious meat-eater, as they were destroyed during WWII when bombs leveled the museum in which they were stored. Some scientists think that it may be the same dinosaur as Megalosaurus  but it will be impossible to know for sure unless other fossils are uncovered that are the same as the originals.

With no specimen available for a reliable evaluation using contemporary analysis techniques, the questions and debates surrounding Poekilopleuron may never be resolved. A specimen from the former Soviet Union was initially described as a species of this dinosaur, but that classification is considered invalid by most scientists.

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