A stunning example of an ichthyosaur jaw fossil from the world-famous Jurassic Coast beach of Lyme Regis, Dorset UK.
The piece of jaw measures 57 mm (2.25 inches) across and contains at least nine teeth. This is part of the jaw of a large ichthyosaur (marine reptile), likely of the species Ichthyosaurus communis. It is unusually preserved in an iron pyrite matrix giving it a metallic shine and making it a heavy fossil for its size.
These iconic fossils were first found at Lyme Regis by pioneering 19th Century fossil hunter Mary Anning and are very sought after today. These fossils are hard to find in such good condition and are rarely offered for sale.
Around 198 million years old (Sinemurian, Early Jurassic), this fossil would make a wonderful addition to any collection.