Ichthyosaur

Additional images

This close-up picture shows part of the posterior rib cage of an ichthyosaur (full specimen shown below it). Beneath the ribs you can see a rough tube of material. This substance is known as cololite ( the name for fossil poo when still inside the animal ) and traces out the shape of part of the intestine of the animal.

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Ichthyosaur

Scientific name

Ichthyosaurus communis

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Ichthyosaurs


Strata

Black Ven Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 million years

Where found

Black Ven, Lyme Regis

Found by

Derek Powell

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.2006.72