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Palaeontology

Fossil ichthyosaur found alongside its prey

October 31, 2017 | Comment icon 2 comments



Ichthyosaurs dominated the world's oceans for millions of years. Image Credit: Heinrich Harder
Palaeontologists have unearthed the fossil remains of an 18ft sea monster dating back to the Jurassic Era.
The extremely well-preserved fossil, which was found alongside several hard-shelled ammonites, is the first of its kind ever found in India and could help to shed light on the region's prehistoric past.

Measuring a whopping 18ft in length, this dolphin-like reptile was common during the Jurassic Period however its fossil remains are more typically found in North America and Europe.

This particular specimen is thought to belong to the Ophthalmosauridae family which lived between 165 million and 90 million years ago.
Its discovery has been described as 'fascinating' by researchers.

"Incredibly rare and important fossils are often found in the least expected locations," said palaeontologist Dean Lomax from the University of Manchester.

"This new study provides further insights into the distribution of ichthyosaurs during the Jurassic and the evolution of that group."



Source: Live Science | Comments (2)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Ernest 4 years ago
Really hope scientists will create a jurassic park..
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 4 years ago
Why would you want one? I was hoping for something a bit different, wondering what the prey was. A let down. Sounds like it's favorite food was a prehistoric crab, lobster or shrimp.


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