Ichthyosaur

Long snout

As the species name suggests – Leptopterygius tenuirostris – this is an ichthyosaur with a very long snout, which was armed with rows of small, sharp teeth. Less than a third of the snout is preserved in this specimen. It’s tempting to compare it with a swordfish but the similarities are only superficial. This is one of the rarer ichthyosaurs from the Lower Jurassic around Lyme Regis.

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Common name

Ichthyosaur

Scientific name

Leptopterygius tenuirostris

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Ichthyosaurs


Strata

Lower Lias

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

195 million years

Where found

Lyme Regis

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00004