Ichthyosaur

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What was for dinner?

This is the most common species of ichthyosaur from the Lower Lias. It would have been around two metres in length had it been a complete specimen. Careful acid preparation has revealed stomach contents such as squid tentacle hooklets. The shape of the intestines is picked out in cololite (faecal matter preserved inside the animal).

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Ichthyosaur

Scientific name

Ichthyosaurus communis

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Ichthyosaurs


Strata

Black Ven Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 myo

Where found

Black Ven area of Lyme Regis

Found by

Derek Powell

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.2006.72