Jurassic dinosaur material

The dinosaur collection at the Natural History Museum contains a range of Jurassic material. Discover how this part of the collection developed and some of the important specimens it contains.

Sauropods from the Jurassic of Madagascar were acquired in the late 1800s to 1900s.

Museum expeditions and collecting trips included a series of British expeditions to the late Jurassic of Tendaguru in Tanzania between 1924 -1930. These resulted in the discovery of material from:

  • the sauropod Brachiosaurus brancai
  • Dysalotosaurus, a small ornithopod

The Reynolds Collection dating from the 1930s comprises important megalosaur material from the Middle Jurassic (Oolite) of Gloucestershire. 

In 1942, the unique type specimen of the earliest tyrannosauroid, Proceratosaurus bradleyi, also from the Middle Jurassic (Bathonian) in Gloucestershire was donated.

The only original Tyrannosaurus rex specimen held outside North America, the holotype of Dynamosaurus imperiosus, was purchased from the American Museum of Natural History in 1960. The lower jaw is on display in the Dinosaur Gallery.