Ichthyosaur

Additional images

These are some of the vertebrae of an ichthyosaur. At some 12cm across, they seem quite small relative to the size of the skull (shown below it), but the weight of sea-living creatures is largely supported by the surrounding water, so the vertebrae do not have to be huge.

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Ichthyosaur

Scientific name

Temnodontosaurus platyodon

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Ichthyosaurs


Strata

Shales with beef

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

200 million years

Where found

Church Cliff, Lyme Regis

Found by

Mike Harrison

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.2013.20