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Ichthyosaur skeleton safely extracted in Dorset

Posted on 06/01/2014 at 2:22pm.   Tags: .   Comments: 0 Comments.

Jurassic CoastA near-complete fossilised skeleton discovered in Dorset has been painstakingly saved from the risk of damage, with workers spending eight hours removing it before another Christmas storm set in.

Measuring around 5ft, the fossilised ichthyosaur skeleton was discovered on Boxing Day at the base of Black Ven in Charmouth and was celebrated as one of the greatest finds along the famed Jurassic Coast; it is believed to be one of just a handful of Ichthyosaur skeletons found on the coast in the last decade, providing all the more reason to safely extract it.

A predatory dolphin-like reptile which swam the oceans around 200 million years ago, it is likely that the skeleton will go on display in one of the region’s museums within the year.

With millions of years of history locked away in the cliffs, it’s no surprise that the Jurassic Coast is visited by so many people staying in Bournemouth family hotels throughout the year.

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