The fossil of ichthyosaurus, which is estimated to be as old as 180 million years, was found in 2021 in the nature reserve of Rutland Water, near Leicester in Great Britain, the BBC recently discovered the discovery of English scientists. Experts for this specimen of ichthyosaurus state that the largest so far was found on the soil of this country, and it is estimated that it was more than ten meters long and that only its skull weighed one ton.
Joe Davis from the Foundation is responsible for this discovery of the “sea dragon” “Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife “, who found the fossilized remains in February last year in the mentioned nature reserve while performing routine tasks.
“I noticed something unusual coming out of the mud. At first it seemed to me that it was a stone, however, it reminded me of an object of organic origin. Then we discovered something that looked like a bone, “Davis said, adding that he was immensely happy to find what many have been searching for all their lives.
Experts started excavating and conserving fossil remains of ichthyosaurs in August last year. Paleontologist Dean Lomax, an expert on the species and leader of the excavation team, says that despite the many remains of ichthyosaurs found in Britain, this one from Rutland is an incredible discovery due to its size – the largest ever found in the United Kingdom.
The water reptile and predator was more than ten meters long, and only his skull weighed one ton
“Usually, we found the remains of ichthyosaurs and other aquatic reptiles on the shores of Dorset or Yorkshire, where many of them are preserved in cliffs. “It is very unusual to find a ‘sea dragon’ fossil in this location,” explains paleontologist Lomax, adding that the discovery is the culmination of the careers of many on the team that is completing work on conserving ichthyosaur remains.
This specimen of “sea dragon” was so large that we can assume that it attacked not only large fish, but also other ichthyosaurs during its life, said Lomax.
The remains of ichthyosaurs were discovered in the Ratland Water Reserve during the 1970s, although they were much smaller than the fossil found last year. Experts remind that the latest discovery is significant also because the complete skeleton of the “sea dragon” was discovered for the first time.
These aquatic reptiles inhabited our planet 250 million years ago, and became extinct about 90 million years ago. They looked like large dolphins, but they were extremely dangerous and were considered large predators.
Ichthyosaurs are called “sea dragons” because they had huge eyes and teeth, and the remains of one of the great ichthyosaurs in England were found by paleontologist Mary Enning in the early 19th century.