Last modified on: 18/02/2015
170-Million-Year-Old 'Fish Lizard' Fossil Unearthed reported in Scotland


                   A prehistoric marine-reptile fossil found in Scotland's Isle of Skye represents a new species that lived about 170 million years ago, a new study reported by the Scientists. The specimen was a member of a group of extinct marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs. Researchers say the creature helps to fill in a gap in the fossil record during the Middle Jurassic period, which lasted from about 176 million to 161 million years ago. It is said that it is one of the select few specimens of that age in the world by a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh and co-author of the study, published in the Scottish Journal of Geology. The inventors found that the fossils contained the arm bone and vertebrae of a new ichthyosaur genus and species. The marine creature was likely about 14 feet (4.3 meters) long, or about the size of a motorboat.


             The new species was a smaller ichthyosaur, but it helps flesh out the fossil record during the Middle Jurassic. In addition to D. shawcrossi, the researchers found teeth that could be from the ichthyosaur species Ichthyosaurus communis, which was found to be widespread in the limestone rocks on the southern coast of England.



                                                                                                                              Source - LiveScience. . .