Koumpiodontosuchus Crocodile Tooth

A huge Koumpiodontosuchus crocodile tooth discovered on the foreshore at Brook by Megan Jacobs. Although very small this tooth is roughly twice the size of the teeth from the Holotype (original fossil discovery) Skull found on Yaverland beach a few years ago. This rare and unusual crocodile differs from modern crocodiles due to its specialised dentition.

The teeth of Koumpiodontosuchus give the crocodile its name. Koumpio means 'button-shaped' and dontosuchus means 'crocodile tooth'. Named Koumpiodontosuchus by Dr Steve Sweetman et al in 2014 the unusual crocodile had been referred to Bernissartia which was originally discovered in the town of Bernissart in Belgium.  Dr Sweetman and the other palaeontologists realised that this crocodile which looked very similar to Bernissartia had slightly different teeth and named the new species of crocodile because of this difference.

The Koumpiodontosuchus was a relatively small crocodile compared to the others in the Wealden floodplain 125 million years ago. Unlike the other crocodiles with conical pointed teeth adapted for fish and meat the Koumpiodontosuchus specialised in the (Viviparus) snails and (Unio) mussels in the rivers and streams, lakes and ponds. The round button-like teeth were able to crush the shells of the ponds and snails to get at the mollusc inside.

New Fossils and Displays for 2016

Our volunteers are putting together exciting new fossil displays for 2016. From the Jurassic to the Late Cretaceous new fossils are being added replacing some of the fossils we have had on display since 2013!

The current displays are works-in-progress but are starting to come together. With new Sauropod bones, unusual Iguanodon fossils and a Dinosaur 'Easter' Egg display we are sure to educate, excite and entertain. 

To see new fossil discoveries and the changes we have made, visit us and see for yourself.

The Dinosaur Expeditions & Palaeoart Centre re-opens to the Public on Friday 25th March.

Welcome to our new website!

 

Welcome to our new website! We wanted to start 2016 with some big changes to refresh our image so that it better represents us and what we do. We really hope you like the new colours and our logo. Why not visit us at the Dinosaur Expeditions Centre to see the exciting changes we are making and the amazing new discoveries being made on the Isle of Wight.

We thought we would take the opportunity to give a brief history of the Dinosaur Expeditions Centre and the Dinosaur Farm.

1992: Palaeontologist Steve Hutt discovered the most complete Brachiosaur in Europe opposite Lower Sutton farm on the south-west coast of the Isle of Wight.

1993: Lower Sutton farm became known as the Dinosaur Farm and the exhibition is called the Dinosaur Farm Museum.

1996: The Dinosaur Farm Museum exhibition expanded after several new dinosaur discoveries are made locally.

2001: The Dinosaur Farm became the HQ for the BBC’s ‘Live from Dinosaur Island’ a week long outside broadcast of dinosaur excavations.

2006: The Dinosaur Farm Museum started a period of transition.

2010: The Dinosaur Farm Museum finally closed to the public.

2011: Dinosaur Expeditions was created by former volunteers and staff at the Dinosaur Farm Museum.

2012: The owners of the Dinosaur Farm agreed to Dinosaur Expeditions setting-up a new field centre in the old museum barn.

2013: Dinosaur Expeditions C.I.C. was established and the ‘Dinosaur Expeditions Conservation and Palaeoart Centre’ opened to the public.

2014: The Dinosaur Expeditions Centre expanded with the opening of a new children’s activity area.

2015: The Lower Barn was renovated by volunteers and re-opened to the public with new displays.

2016: Dinosaur Expeditions refreshes their image with a new website and logo, to represent the exciting changes they are making.

This year promises to be a great year for Dinosaur Expeditions. We have joined the Association of Independent Museums (A.I.M.), started working with bespoke school trip organiser Education Destination and now we have a new website and logo created by Bate Brand Communications to help us engage with our customers.

With exciting fossils being found almost daily after the recent storms, why not visit us to see the latest finds or join us on a fossil hunting trip to make your own prehistory discovery.

Oliver

Dinosaur Expeditions C.I.C.