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Mantel Piece Maidstone Iguanadon

A cast of the original Maidstone Iguanodon.


Evidence of the underlying geology and prehistoric past of the county of Kent.

Maidstone Museum

Maidstone Museum,
Saint Faith's Street,
United Kingdom


The Mantel Piece is a fossil of national significance being the best articulated specimen of the time, showing the shape and orientation of the dinosaur. The original was sold to the Natural History Museum in the 19th century.

Found in 1860 by Benstead, and identified by Mantel in a quarry in Maidstone. The original is on still on display in the Natural History Museum. Maidstone Museum has the cast as the original was sold to Natural History Museum.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History, Significant Events
  • KS2: Local History, Britain Beyond 1066, Rocks, Materials and Their Properties, Evolution and Inheritance
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1745- 1901, Inheritance
  • KS4: Evolution


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