8-foot ichthyosaur fossil preserved for 180 million years could sell for more than £500,000

A complete 180-million-year-old marine reptile fossil could sell for more than £500,000 at auction.

This is the skeleton of an ichthyosaur, a Jurassic predator about eight feet (2.4 m) long, which was stored in soft carbonate mud before excavation.

This specimen was found in a geological formation in Lorraine, France in the early 2000s during the construction of the TGV high-speed rail line.

Since most complete ichthyosaur fossils are owned by museums, those that do show up on the private market usually command high prices.

This one will be on sale at Bonhams in Paris on December 13th and is expected to sell for hundreds of thousands.

Claudia Florian, Consultant Director of Natural History at Bonhams, said: “This skeleton is very complete, over 80 percent of the original bones in total.

“This is the first time such a complete specimen, found in France, will be put up for auction.”

This specimen was found in a geological formation in Lorraine, France in the early 2000s during the construction of a TGV high-speed rail line.

Ichthysaurs, which means

Ichthysaurs, which means “lizard fish” in Greek, were a type of reptile that flourished during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods between 252 and 90 million years ago.

This fossil will be sold at Bonhams in Paris on December 13th and is expected to sell for hundreds of thousands.

This fossil will be sold at Bonhams in Paris on December 13th and is expected to sell for hundreds of thousands.

Claudia Florian, Consultant Director of Natural History at Bonhams, said:

Claudia Florian, Consultant Director of Natural History at Bonhams, said: “This skeleton is very complete, with over 80 percent of the original bones in total.”

WHO WERE THE ICHITHOOSAURS?

Ichthyosaurs were a highly successful group of marine reptiles that went extinct about 90 million years ago.

They appeared in the Triassic, peaked in the Jurassic, and disappeared in the Cretaceous.

Often misidentified as swimming dinosaurs, these reptiles predate the first dinosaurs.

They evolved from a yet unidentified terrestrial reptile that returned to the water.

Scientists calculated that one species had a cruising speed of 22 miles per hour (36 km/h).

The largest ichthyosaur species is believed to have grown to over 20 meters (65 feet) in length.

The largest complete fossil ever found by ichthyologists was found to contain a fetus still in the womb at 11 feet (3.5 m).

She added: “Complete and well-preserved specimens are rare.

“Some of the better known specimens tend to be flattened in mudrock deposits, so it’s quite rare to find an example like this where not only is the skeleton well represented, but the bones are preserved in three dimensions. ‘

Ichthysaurs, which means “lizard fish” in Greek, were a type of reptile that flourished during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods between 252 and 90 million years ago.

Emerging from the ocean, they made their way to land before eventually turning back into water.

They are known for their fish-like shape, reminiscent of today’s dolphins, but are often mistaken for swimming dinosaurs.

The first complete ichthyosaur skeleton was found in Lyme Regis, Dorset, in 1811 by 12-year-old English paleontologist Mary Anning.

In 1840, the order of ichthyosaurs was introduced by the English biologist Sir Richard Owen, and about 80 species are known today.

The fossil up for auction is one of the best preserved and fully represented of its kind.

Thousands of bones were individually dug up and rearranged to create it, then mounted on a brass stand.

Ms Florian said: “Extraordinary skill and precision not only made it possible to extract the fossilized bones one by one from the matrix, but also made it possible to recreate the skeleton in 3D.

“Only a handful of ichthyosaurs have ever been reconstructed in this way.

“This single copy is the result of more than two years of work by a specialist.

“This species of ichthyosaur, in particular stenopterygius, has not been studied in depth, and there is very little literature on it.

“This sale represents a unique and exciting research opportunity for a museum or private collector.”

The fossil up for auction is one of the best preserved and fully represented of its kind.

Thousands of bones were individually excavated and rearranged to create it, then mounted on a brass stand.

The fossil up for auction is one of the best preserved and fully represented of its kind. Thousands of bones were individually excavated and rearranged to create it, then mounted on a brass stand.

Since most complete ichthyosaur fossils are owned by museums, those that do show up on the private market usually command high prices.

Since most complete ichthyosaur fossils are owned by museums, those that do show up on the private market usually command high prices.

In May, a 139-million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil was discovered in Chile. pregnant with several children at the time of his death.

The remains of a creature named Fiona have been discovered by researchers in a melting glacier deep in Patagonia.

The find proves that ichthyosaurs gave birth to live young, unlike egg-laying dinosaurs.

The first known fossil of a pregnant ichthyosaur was discovered in 1749 and scientifically described in 1842.

It was the largest complete fossil ever recorded, measuring 11 feet (3.5 m) in length.

In May, a 139-million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil discovered in Chile was found to be pregnant with multiple children at the time of death.

In May, a 139-million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil discovered in Chile was found to be pregnant with multiple children at the time of death.

The remains of a creature named Fiona have been discovered by researchers in a melting glacier deep in Patagonia.

The remains of a creature named Fiona have been discovered by researchers in a melting glacier deep in Patagonia.

Another ichthyosaur fossil was found in 2021 at the bottom of Rutland Water in the Midlands and has been hailed as one of the greatest finds in British fossil history.

It was the largest and most complete skeleton found in the UK, at 32 feet (10 meters) long and with a skull weighing a ton.

The specimen, which lived approximately 180 million years ago, was discovered while draining a reservoir to improve habitat for breeding birds.

A team of paleontological experts from across the UK had to remove the giant skeleton using a tractor.

Another ichthyosaur fossil was found in 2021 at the bottom of Rutland Water in the Midlands and has been hailed as one of the greatest finds in British fossil history.

Another ichthyosaur fossil was found in 2021 at the bottom of Rutland Water in the Midlands and has been hailed as one of the greatest finds in British fossil history.

Paleontologists spent 14 days excavating the find before it was removed in August 2021.

Paleontologists spent 14 days excavating the find before it was removed in August 2021.

Ichthyosaurs had fat like whales

Many marine animals, from seals to whales, have a thick layer of blubber just under their skin, known as blubber.

A new study has shown for the first time that ichthyosaurs — ancient marine reptiles that lived 150 million years ago — also had fat.

Scientists from the Natural History Museum in Oslo studied the remains of an ichthyosaur discovered in the Solnhofen region in the south of the country. Germany.

The specimen includes a complete internal skeleton, which the team says is perfectly preserved thanks to fat.

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