Digital reconstruction of a 200-million-year old skull of an ichthyosaur found in 1955 revealed more fake materials than expected. One of the fake bones was so expertly modeled researchers only realized it was a fake because of the scans.
Animals January 8, 2019
The researchers found blubber, a layer of fat under the skin, on the fossilized remains of the ichthyosaur. They believe this finding revealed new details about the reptiles that lived 180 million years ago.
Animals December 8, 2018
Fossils of a prehistoric ichthyosaur the size of a blue whale were found in the beach area in the UK. Analysis suggests that it is the largest of its kind discovered so far.
Ancient April 10, 2018
The Ichthyosaurus somersetensis specimen was found in the mid-1990s. Analysis revealed it was pregnant with the third known embryo for Ichthyosaurus when it died in the Early Jurassic period.
Animals August 29, 2017
The discovery of a more ancient ichthyosaur, Sclerocormus parviceps, showed how marine reptiles evolved after a mass extinction. The fossil cast doubt on an earlier theory that evolution during the period occurred for millions of years.
Ancient May 24, 2016
The Dearcmhara shawcrossi was a fearsome marine reptile that hunted prehistoric sharks and dinosaurs in the Middle Jurassic period. The dolphin-like animal thrived when the Isle of Skye was still under water 170 million years ago.
Animals January 12, 2015
The fossil of a dolphin-like ichthyosaur has been discovered in China. Experts believe the reptile lived around 4 million years following the Earth's most horrible mass extinction about 252 million years ago.
Animals November 7, 2014