Ichthyosaur

Tail end

This is a vertebra from a large Ichthyosaur that would have been about seven metres in length. It was probably the species Temnodontosaurus platyodon.

We know that this vertebra has come from towards the tail of the animal because the rib facets, the point where the ribs articulate with the vertebrae, are quite low down the side of the vertebra. The side nearest to the ‘front’ as photographed, is the top of the vertebra. The groove is where the spinal cord ran along the vertebra enclosed within the neural arch.

  

 

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Common name

Ichthyosaur

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Ichthyosaurs


Strata

Lower Lias

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

200 million years

Where found

Lyme Regis area

Found by

V.H.W Wingrave

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.1973.245