Dinosaurs of Great Britain and the role of the Geological Society of London in their discovery: Ornithischia

  title={Dinosaurs of Great Britain and the role of the Geological Society of London in their discovery: Ornithischia},
  author={Darren Naish and David M. Martill},
  journal={Journal of the Geological Society},
  pages={613 - 623}
  • D. Naish, D. Martill
  • Published 9 April 2008
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • Journal of the Geological Society
Completing our survey of British non-avian dinosaurs, we here review the ornithischians of Britain. Heterodontosaurids are present in the Lower Cretaceous Lulworth Formation of Dorset, and a few earlier possible records imply a long presence in the region of this clade. Britain's thyreophoran record is rich and includes the earliest well-represented taxon, Scelidosaurus, as well as Middle Jurassic stegosaurs and ankylosaurs including a reasonably good Cretaceous record of polacanthids and… 

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