Ichthyosaur discovery in Great Britain: researchers excited about giant fossil

Updated 01/11/2022 13:46

  • British researchers have discovered an ichthyosaur fossil in a reservoir in Great Britain.
  • It measures ten meters in total – making it the largest and most complete fossil of its kind.

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It is ten meters long and the skull alone weighs a ton – these are the dimensions of an ichthyosaur fossil that British researchers found in a reservoir in the East Midlands.

Working on the Ichthyosaur Skeleton.

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British news agency PA reported on Monday that it is the largest and most complete fossil of its kind ever discovered in Britain.

Ichthyosaurs about 180 million years old

Discovered during the regular drainage of part of the Rutland water reservoir, the ichthyosaur is about 180 million years old.

According to the PA statement, Mark Evans of the British Antarctic Survey said, “This is the most important discovery nationally and internationally, but also extremely important to the people of Rutland and the surrounding region.”

Researchers excited about ichthyosaur discovery in UK
Paleontologist at work.

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Ichthyosaur fossils, which are marine reptiles, were discovered in the early 19th century by pioneer paleontologist Mary Anning off the Dorset coast in England. (FF/DPA)


In 2021, a new species of dinosaur has been found, a lost city has been resurrected, and a “pie mummy” has been unearthed. Archaeologists have also made spectacular discoveries in the sunken city of Pompeii.

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