The fossilized remains of an ichthyosaur, or “sea dragon,” were found in England’s Midlands, the largest and most complete of its kind discovered in the U.K.
The Jurassic giant was found last year by Joe Davis, Rutland Water Conservation team leader, the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust said on Jan. 10, with the site excavated by scientists and volunteers in Aug. 2021.
Ichthyosaurs first appeared approximately 250 million years ago and went extinct around 90 million years ago. The marine reptiles could grow to 25 meters in length.
Ichthyosaurs were large marine reptiles similar in shape to dolphins but grew up to lengths of 25 metres.
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