COLLECTIONS & RESEARCH

Small Ichthyosaur from Blue Lias Ledges

Table of Contents

  1. An Overlooked Plesiosaur
  2. Ichthyosaur tooth
  3. A Wonderful Example of a Fossil Fish
  4. Brother and Sister Find Sea-Dragon in Cliffs
  5. Lower Jurassic Leaf
  6. Plesiosaur Vertebrae
  7. Small Ichthyosaur from Blue Lias Ledges
  8. Dapedium from Lang’s Fish Beds Found in May 2008 Landslip
  9. The Beast in the Cellar

These images are of part of an ichthyosaur found by Paddy Howe (of fossil walks fame!!). These are images of the ichthyosaur after it had been cleaned. It was found on the ledges at the Charmouth side of Lyme Regis.

These are images of the discovery and recovery process. Paddy spotted the outline of the ichthyosaur’s paddle in the blue lias at the bottom of a rockpool and is shown pointing at it. Then he dug it out with a hammer and chisel.

Small eyed ichthyosaur skull from Seatown

Ichthyosaur skull from Seatown

Ichthyosaur skull from Seatown

This is a picture of an ichthyosaur skull collected Sept 21st 2008 by Peter Quellin Taylor from the beach at Seatown.  The  photo has a 2p coin in to indicate scale.  The skull has been seen by members of the natural history museum staff during the Lyme regis Fossil Festival and they found it very interesting.  Historically most ichthyosaurs were collected from the blue lias and shales with beef either side of Lyme Regis or from the Black Ven Marls.  It is only comparatively recently that specimens have been collected from higher in the succesion at Seatown.  This recent collecting has produced several interesting specimens including new species.  Staff at the NHM thought this skull had an unusually small eye for its size and that it would stand further research into whether or not ii is from a new species.

Ichthyosaur breviceps from May 2008 landslip

Below is a picture if the skull of an Ichthyosaurus breviceps which was recently found by Museum Geologist, Paddy Howe in the weathered remains of the May 2008 landslip on Church cliffs, Lyme Regis. It is only the ninth fossil skull ever found of this species.

Breviceps is distinguishable by its very short jaws compared to the lenth of the skull. All that was initially visible of this specimen, were the edges of a few ribs but after prepartion the disarticulated skull, scattered teeth around the jaws and digits from the paddles can be clearly seen.

Ichthyosaurus breviceps skull

Ichthyosaurus breviceps skull

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