Large Jurassic Ichthyosaur

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Lot 1141W
Large Jurassic Ichthyosaur

Sold for US$ 97,600 inc. premium

Natural History

1 Jun 2009, 13:00 EDT

New York

Large Jurassic Ichthyosaur
Stenopterygius
Jurassic
Holzmaden, Germany

Fossils from the famous Holzmaden quarries are dated at 170 – 180 million years. These fossils come from the Jurassic Period when the whole of Europe was submerged under a warm, shallow tropical sea. Preparation of fossils from this locality is particularly arduous due to the similarity in densities of the fossilized material and the matrix. The ichthyosaur is believed to have filled a similar ecological niche as today’s dolphin. Of all known reptiles, ichthyosaurs were best adapted to a marine existence. A fine example of this fascinating inhabitant of the Jurassic seas, the present specimen displays expert preparation with all four flippers visible. The skeleton is virtually complete, in a lateral presentation. Measures 51 1/2 x 106in
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