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 136 mm (5.35 inches) across, which is large for a single jaw fossil form this location, and contains three teeth. This is part of the lower jaws of a large ichthyosaur (marine reptile), likely of the species Ichthyosaurus communis. It is preserved in 3D and has been carefully prepared in 3D using mechanical and acid techniques, which are time consuming but produce amazing results in revealing the full detail of the bones. The teeth are well preserved and also in 3D, stil in their original position within the jaws. 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. This one comes from a younger layer than the ones usually seen from this location as it is from the "Belemnite Marls", making it rarer.
Around 192 million years old (Sinemurian, Early Jurassic), this fossil would make a wonderful addition to any collection.