An unstudied ichthyosaur fossil dating back to the Jurassic period is now the largest on record—a remarkably well-preserved specimen that also contains the remnants of a developing fetus.
Paleontologists have discovered Scotland's first known icthyosaur, a large marine reptile that swam in the seas around Skye some 170 million years ago. Called Dearcmhara shawcrossi (pronounced jark vara ), it's one of only a few species to be given a Gaelic name. The creature was about 13 feet long and hunted fish and…
This 248 million-year-old fossil is incredible for two reasons. First, it shows the tragic moment an Ichthyosaur died giving birth. Second, it's the oldest evidence of a live reptilian birth — about 10 million years older than previous samples.