New “Marine Lizard” Discovered!

At the Isle of Skye in Scotland, remains of an icthyosaur were uncovered, but his was not just any icthyosaur, it was a new species. Measuring 4.2 metres long from head to tail,  Dearcmhara shawcrossi, wandered the prehistoric waters of present day Scotland. Scientists say it looks something like a cross between a crocodile and a dolphin. The fossils  date back roughly 170 million years, falling into the time period we all know and love: The middle of the Jurassic. These fossils are not recent fossils, they were discovered in 1959 by amateur fossil hunter Brian Shawcross. They have only now been identified as a new species. In Dearcmhara’s  scientific name: Dearcmhara shawcrossi, the scientists who identified it commemorate Shawcross’s efforts. The discovery of a unique scottish icthyosaur certainly launches interest in me, and paleontological enthusiasts around the world. Bye!imgres

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