From the lower Jurassic (200-176 million years ago), Posidonienschiefer formation, the 10ft 9in Stenopterygius quadriscissus showing some three-dimensionality of preservation, notably to skull, partially digested belemnite fragments in stomach and the shell.
12 x 412ft.
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The first complete Ichthyosaur skeleton was found by Mary Anning at Lyme Regis in 1811 (an Ichthyosaurus communis). The order Ichthyosauria was introduced in 1840 by Sir Richard Owen, and today about 80 species are recognised. They take their name from the Greek for "fish lizards" and are an excellent example of convergent evolution. It is thought that they evolved from land based lizards moving into the sea, eventually converging on the shape of the fish upon which they preyed.

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