Saturday, July 31, 2021
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

New species of ichthyosaur unearthed in UK

Posted on Tuesday, 14 June, 2016 | Comment icon 4 comments

The new discovery has turned out to be quite unique. Image Credit: Heinrich Harder
The prehistoric aquatic reptile fossil, which was found in a quarry, dates back over 200 million years.
Identified by paleontologist Dean Lomax from the University of Manchester, the fossil belongs to one of only a few known ichthyosaur species to have lived in Earth's oceans during the early Jurassic.

Discovered within a quarry in Nottinghamshire over 60 years ago, the fossil remains of this prehistoric dolphin-like creature, which were initially thought to belong to a previously known species, were found to be relatively complete despite being scattered haphazardly across the excavation site.
It wasn't until the fossil was spotted by Lomax during a recent visit to Leicester's New Walk Museum that its significance as a totally new species of ichthyosaur was realized.

"When I first saw this specimen, I knew it was unusual," said Lomax. "It displays features in the bones – especially in the coracoid (part of the pectoral girdle) – that I had not seen before in Jurassic ichthyosaurs anywhere in the world."

The species has been named Wahlisaurus massarae and is the first new genus of ichthyosaur from the early Jurassic to have been discovered in Britain in more than three decades.

Source: RedOrbit | Comments (4)

Tags: Ichthyosaur

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by EllJay on 14 June, 2016, 16:28
I thought it said itchyosaur - a dinosaur with a rash, or something
Comment icon #2 Posted by universal skeptic on 14 June, 2016, 22:52
200 million years is a long time.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Calibeliever on 15 June, 2016, 1:47
Cool post
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 15 June, 2016, 16:11
@EliJay -  Modern fish can get Ick.  Maybe the dinofish can as well. Great find.  The more we learn the less we know we knew.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


Evidence of life on Mars may have been erased
NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered that evidence of ancient life on the Red Planet may have been scrubbed.
'Bigfoot' photographed in Bernard, Iowa
A man who had been out walking captured a photograph of what he believes to be a large bipedal ape-like creature.
Earth's inner core is growing 'lopsided'
The inner core of our planet is growing more on one side than on the other - so why isn't it tipping over ?
'Water witches' pit science against folklore
Can dowsers really find water sources using nothing but a wooden stick or is dowsing a centuries-long con ?
Stories & Experiences
Mystery 'troll' captured on camera
4-24-2021 | Marsta, Sweden
My Grandfather's NDE
4-24-2021 | Oakland, California
The voice of something not human
11-17-2020 | Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles
Shadow figure demon ?
11-14-2020 | USA
Ghost following me
9-18-2020 | Iowa
Mysterious glowing cube
8-23-2020 | Alabama
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
NASA studies underwater 'white smoker' vents
Posted 4-17-2020 | 3 comments
Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor can teach us about possible habitats on other worlds.
10 strange things about our solar system
Posted 3-17-2020 | 0 comments
A look at some of the most mysterious things about our solar system.
Lizzie - Scotland's other loch monster
Posted 3-8-2020 | 0 comments
Amelia Dimoldenberg investigates the Loch Ness Monster's neighbor.
 View: More videos
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 (c) 2001-2021
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ