Scientists in the museum specimens “rediscover” the largest fish dragon fossil records

This scientific name for the Ichthyosaurus somersetensis fish dragon cruising 200 million years ago in the ocean, when it is dinosaurs to dominate the earth land period. According to foreign media reports, scientists recently in the museum “rediscover” a fossil of ancient marine reptiles, confirmed that this is the kind of animal The largest fossil record. According to reports, the fossil is a class of cruising 200 million years ago in the ocean of fish dragon, was the dinosaurs to dominate the earth land period.

The fossil was discovered on the coast of England more than 20 years ago, but it has not until recently been studied by scientists. The paleontologist Sven Sachs, after seeing this fossil in a museum in Hannover, Germany, contacted Dean Lomax, a paleontologist at the University of Manchester, England, who was an expert in the study of fish dragons The “It is incredible that the specimen of the largest size is also ‘re-discovered’ in the museum collection,” says Lomax. “You do not even have to find out in the wild.”

Ichthyosaurus somersetensis The overall skeleton of fossils

Ichthyosaurus somersetensis The overall skeleton of fossils

This fish dragon fossil species is called Ichthyosaurus somersetensis, named after Somerset in southwestern England. The county unearthed fossils of many ancient marine reptiles. In the 1990s, people found the fossil at Doniford Bay in Somerset, where they were collected by the Lower Sark State Museum in Hannover, Germany. This is an adult female fish dragon fossil, its death has been pregnant. “This specimen provides a new reference for the volume range of the species, and is also known as one of the three specimens of the fish with the embryo,” said Dean Lomax, “so it is very special.”

In the era of dinosaurs, there are many types of fish in the ocean. They appeared in the Triassic, reached its peak in the Jurassic, and then disappeared in the Cretaceous – earlier than the last extinct dinosaurs for millions of years.

Early fossil hunters originally explored the fossils of the skeletons, and the concepts of biological evolution and geology were still in the embryonic stage. British famous fossil collector and paleontologist Mary Anning (Mary Anning) in 1810 in Dorset Lyme Regis (Lyme Regis) near the cliff found the first complete fish dragon fossils. Her discovery senses the scientific community and provides evidence for the new theory of Earth’s history.

The findings of Dean Lomax and Sven Sachs were published in the recent Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. (Any day)

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