Large 4.4" Ichthyosaur Vertebra - Dorest, England

This is a large and nicely preserved Ichthyosaur from the Jurassic aged Kimmeridge Clay, in England. It's 4.4" wide and was dredged from Weymouth Harbour in Dorest, England. It would be Middle Jurassic in age, or approximately 160 million years old.

Ichthyosaurs
Artists reconstruction of an Ichthyosaur.  Image Credit: Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com/)
Artists reconstruction of an Ichthyosaur. Image Credit: Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com/)
("Fish Lizard") was a giant marine reptile which thrived from much of the Mesozoic era. They evolved in the mid Triassic from a group of unidentified land reptiles which transition back into the water. This line evolved in parallel to the ancestors of todays dolphins and whales, something known as convergent evolution.

Belemnites were an extinct order of cephalopods (think shelled squid) that lived during the Mesozoic era.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Brachypterygius extremus
LOCATION
Weymouth Harbour, Dorest, England
FORMATION
Kimmeridge Clay
SIZE
4.4" wide, 1.4" tall
ITEM
#22101
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