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Ichthyosaurus, which means "fish lizard" in Greek, is an extinct genus of marine reptile that lived during the Jurassic period. These fascinating animals are considered iconic examples of ichthyosaurs, which were reptiles adapted for aquatic life. Here is an overview of Ichthyosaurus:

Physical Appearance: Ichthyosaurus had an elongated, spindle-shaped body, adapted for ocean swimming. Its appearance resembled that of a modern dolphin. They were quite large animals for their time, with lengths ranging from a few meters to over 10 meters in some species. They had front flippers and rear flippers that allowed them to move agilely in the water.

Skull and Teeth: Its head was relatively large in comparison to the body and was equipped with a large mouth filled with sharp, pointy teeth. The teeth were suitable for catching and eating fish and squid, which were part of their diet.

Eyes: Ichthyosaurus had large, well-developed eyes, suggesting they had excellent vision in water. This would have helped them in the search and capture of prey, as well as in the detection of possible predators.

Aquatic life: Although they were reptiles, Ichthyosaurus spent its entire life in the water. Their adaptations for marine life included denser bones and a hydrodynamic body structure that allowed them to swim quickly and efficiently.

Reproduction: Like modern dolphins, Ichthyosaurus is believed to have given birth to live young rather than lay eggs. This would have been a survival advantage for the hatchlings, as they would be born directly in the water and could start swimming and feeding shortly after birth.

Habitat and distribution: Ichthyosaurus inhabited the oceans of the Jurassic period, and fossils of these creatures have been found in different parts of the world, including Europe and North America.

Extinction: Although they thrived through much of the Jurassic, ichthyosaurs, including Ichthyosaurus, became extinct at the end of the Jurassic period, approximately 90 million years ago. The exact reasons for their extinction are not completely clear, but several factors have been proposed, such as climate changes and competition with other forms of marine life.

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  • 1:35 scale - 90mm
  • Ultra transparent resin water sheet tinted in blue