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Title: Ichthyosaur paddle bone
Item Name: Fossil


Part of an Ichthyosaur paddle bone; black and grey. From Speeton clay (grid ref TA 146761). Ichthyosaurs were large sea-dwelling reptiles of the Mesozoic period (about 248-66 million years ago). They had a shape resembling dolphins in many respects, with fins and a powerful tail for swimming. Their long jaws were packed with large numbers of small, sharp teeth. They had large eyes and nostrils near the top of the skull to enable easier breathing when surfacing from underwater.

Materials: stone
Measurements: L:29cm; W:12cm
ID_Number: ERYMS : 1995.815