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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Dorset: Jurassic Coast Fossil - Unknown Species of Ichthyosaur

From Dorset Echo

"DINOSAUR experts are anxious to track down a Dorset fossil hunter who unknowingly discovered a new species of ancient marine reptile 30 years ago. A fossil stored in a Doncaster museum, which was originally thought to be just a plaster copy, surfaced in 2008. Further studies on the ancient fossil have since revealed it is the 189-million-year-old remains of a previously unknown species of ichthyosaur. This new species has been named Ichthyosaurus anningae in honour of Mary Anning, the British fossil-hunter who discovered the first ichthyosaur on the Dorset coast in about 1811".

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