Ichthyosaur

This is a row of ichthyosaur vertebrae, with the tail to the right and the body to the left. There are about 180 vertebrae in the backbone of an ichthyosaur and they change shape along the length of the backbone. This specimen best shows that the facets onto which each rib attaches are located towards the front of the vertebrae.

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Common name

Ichthyosaur

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Ichthyosaurs


Strata

Oxford Clay

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

160 million years

Where found

Weymouth

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00118