Ichthyosaur Vertebrae on matrix

Lovely little fossilised Ichthyosaur vertebrae, still in their original host rocks.


Ichthyosaur Vertebrae on matrix

Lovely little fossilised Ichthyosaur vertebrae, still in their original host rocks.

Ichthyosaurs lived during the Mesozoic, 261-65.5 million years ago - however, these specimens are all from the Lower Lias shale of Lavernock, dating to the Jurassic.

These vertebrae are rather small, considering - in all likelihood, they are mostly from juveline animals.

One important thing that often confuses new purchasers - Ichthyosaurs were not dinosaurs! They were aquatic reptiles, which looked a little like modern-day Porpoises.


These pieces were bought from a collector, with the last piece dated 2010 - so for any local collectors, it may still be possible to find pieces like this in Lavernock.

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