Large, 4.5" Ichthyosaurus (Brachypterigus) Vertebra - England

This is a large vertebra from the Ichthyosaurus, Brachypterigus cf. extremis. The bone comes from the Middle Jurassic (160 million year old) age of England. It's in excellent condition with no erosion unlike most of the verts that are found.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Brachypterigus cf. extremis
LOCATION
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England
SIZE
4.5" wide, 3.7" tall
ITEM
#94360
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