Ichthyosaur

This is a ichthyosaur skull from the collection of V.H.W Wingrave, the original curator of Lyme Regis Museum. It was prepared in 1979 using acetic acid, and shows much fine detail including the temporal fenestrae. These are the large holes at the back of the skull into which muscles were attached to work the jaws. Lower down, the right eye socket is visible (on the left side as we look at it).

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Common name

Ichthyosaur

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Ichthyosaurs


Strata

Black Ven Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 million years

Where found

Probably from the Black Ven area of Lyme Regis

Found by

Probably collected by V.H.W Wingrave

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.1973.238