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Dinosaur skeleton fails to sell at auction

The skeleton could raise £500,000 Credit: Silke Lohmann

An "exceptionally rare" almost-complete skeleton of a young dinosaur failed to sell at auction today.

The remains of the Allosaurus, one of the largest dinosaurs of the late Jurassic period, are believed to be the most complete juvenile of the species discovered so far.

The skeleton, known as Little Al and estimated to be up to 155 million years old, went under the hammer at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex.

Relatively complete dinosaur skeletons are "extremely rare", the auctioneers said, with those of young dinosaurs even more so.

Dinosaur museum planned for Jurassic Coast

A meeting will take place this evening over a 60 million pound plan to turn a dis-used quarry into a dinosaur museum

The visitor centre - called Jurassica - would open on Portland in Dorset in around 2019. It would see a glass roof over the limestone quarry and include an aquarium and animatronics. Early designs have been drawn up by Renzo Piano - the same man behind the shard in London


Dinosaur skeleton up for auction in Sussex

Dinosaur skeleton up for auction in Billingshurst

The giant skeleton of a dinosaur which roamed the earth more than one hundred and fifty million years ago will be sold at auction in West Sussex later.

The 17-metre long Diplodocus which has been named Misty is expected to fetch up to six hundred thousand pounds when it goes under the hammer in Billingshurst.

World's largest human dinosaur

People gathered on Ryde beach to form a human dinosaur Credit: Visit Isle of Wight

Thousands of people gathered on Ryde beach to form the world's biggest human dinosaur.

The event was part of the Isle of Wight's 'Year of the Dinosaur' to promote the island as the dinosaur capital of Britain.

Thousands turned out to form a human dinosaur Credit: Visit Isle of Wight

On Appley beach in Ryde, locals and tourists joined together to form a human Pelosaurus shape.

An aerial shot of the human dinosaur on Ryde beach Credit: Visit Isle of Wight