Ichthyosaur

Monster jaws

This section of a very large ichthyosaur jaw probably belonged to a marine monster called Temnodontosaurus platyodon.  Because it’s obviously worn by the sea, the fossil was almost certainly found somewhere near Lyme Regis. The Lyme Regis Museum has a spectacular ichthyosaur specimen on display – check it out to get a sense of the size of these creatures. These jaws would have belonged to an animal that would have been about six metres long!

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Ichthyosaur

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Ichthyosaurs


Strata

Blue Lias (probably) Lower Jurassic

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

195 million years

Where found

Probably Lyme Regis

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Allhallows Museum, Honiton

Accession number

HONAM.1998.461.61