Look closely and you’ll see that the tip of the snout is missing from this ichthyosaur. Compare it with the full snout on the specimen shown in the lower photo. The snout was probably washed away before the collector spotted and rescued the rest of the skeleton. Very little is known about this specimen, other than it was found near Lyme Regis – which means that it must be from the Lower Jurassic period.
Find out more on the reptiles pages.