An approximately 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil contains preserved skin with pigmentation and hustle and bustle. (Credit: Johan Lindgren) For the first time, researchers have identified blubber and other soft tissue conserved in an early Jurassic ichthyosaur. The new interpretation of the 180-million-year-old fossil suggests that the extinct marine reptiles were warm-blooded. Ichthyosaurs floated the seas of the Mesozoic and were in …Read More »
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Massive 205 million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil discovered, "one of the greatest animals of all time"
The massive jawbone of a 205-million-year-old ichthyosaur was discovered in southwestern England and is "one of the largest animals that ever lived" – almost as big as a blue whale. The findings, published in the journal PLOS, show that the ichthyosaur lived near the time of the late Triassic extinction event and could represent the largest known fossil of an …Read More »
According to a study published in PLoS ONE this week, an isolated bone from the lower jaw of a prehistoric marine reptile in Somerset, UK, is one of the largest animals of all time.  Giant ichthyosaur Shonisaurus. Image credits: Nobumichi Tamura "src =" http://cdn.sci-news.com/images/2018/04/image_5901-Giant-Triassic-Iththyosaur.jpg "width =" 580 "height =" 381 "/> Giant ichthyosaurs Shonisaurus Photo credits: Nobumichi Tamura Fossil …Read More »
Paleontologists have discovered the remains of an ancient giant reptile. Experts from the University of Manchester examined part of the skeleton of the ichthyosaur. Between the animal's ribs were a few small embryos. Near the coast of the United Kingdom, paleontologists found the skeleton of a pregnant ichthyosaur, an ancient carnivorous giant lizard. The University of Manchester carried out a …Read More »
Artistic representation of the pregnant ichthyosaur with cut open embryos. Illustration: Nobumichi Tamura An analysis of the fossil remains of an Ichthyosaur – a Jurassic water reptile – has shown that between six and eight small embryos are packed in its ribs. It is the earliest evidence that Ichthyosaur embryos have ever been found in the British Isles. The fossil, …Read More »