Rare long-necked plesiosaur display awarded grant

The plesiosaur
Image caption The fossil skeleton was donated to the museum in 2016

A rare long-necked plesiosaur could soon go on display in Oxford after the city's Museum of Natural History successfully bid for a grant.

"Eve" was discovered at Must Farm quarry at Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, and donated to the museum last year.

The museum was awarded £90,000 from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund to display the specimen alongside another plesiosaur.

Director Prof Paul Smith said it would "reinvigorate" the museum.

Eve will be displayed with a short-necked plesiosaur discovered near Oxford in the 1990s in new cases, and with new artwork and digital content.

"The exhibit will present a picture of central England 165 million years ago: submerged 50 metres underwater in a warm, shallow sea, teeming with animals that are now long-extinct," a spokesman said.

Mr Smith said it would "conserve and exhibit two internationally-significant fossil marine reptiles".

The museum is currently looking for matched funding to complete the project.

Image copyright Natalia Patkiewicz
Image caption 'Eve' swam in seas 165 million years ago
Image copyright Cambridge Archaeological Unit
Image caption The plesiosaur was discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry

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