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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.


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