A 180 million year old ichthyosaur fossil was discovered during the evacuation of a reservoir in Great Britain. According to researchers, it is the largest and most complete of its kind.
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. It is the largest and most complete fossil of its kind ever discovered in Great Britain, British news agency PA reported on Monday.
Ichthyosaurs were discovered when part of the Rutland water reservoir regularly emptied, so it is about 180 million years old. “This is a highly significant discovery nationally and internationally, but also one of the most important to the people of Rutland and the surrounding region,” said Mark Evans of the British Antarctic Survey.
Ichthyosaur fossils, which were marine reptiles, were discovered in England in the early 19th century by paleontology pioneer Mary Anning off the coast of Dorset.
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