155 million year old dinosaur skeleton could sell at auction for £500,000

The Allosaurus was one of the largest killing machines of its time Credit: PA

A rare skeleton of a dinosaur which last roamed Earth up to 155 million years ago is set to fetch up to £500,000 at auction.

The 9ft-long near-complete juvenile Allosaurus is the first predatory dinosaur skeleton to be sold in Britain, auctioneers said.

With its dagger-like teeth, the formidable Allosaurus lived during the late Jurassic period, and was one of the largest killing machines of its time.

Fully grown, it could reach 28ft in length, and it was only exceeded in size by its famous relative, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a species that lived some 80 million years later.

The skeleton is expected to sell for between £300,000 and £500,000 in the Evolution sale at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex, on November 25.

Experts say the juvenile specimen has "the cute factor" and may attract buyers wanting an unusual statement piece for their living room.