A stunning example of an ichthyosaur vertebra fossil from the world-famous Jurassic Coast beach of Lyme Regis, Dorset UK.
The vertebra is matrix free and measures 41 mm (1.6 inches) across, which is a good size for this fossil type. The bone is very well preserved and has been prepared to remove all matrix. It has great detail in its preservation and a nice dark colour. The neural and rib facets are perfectly preserved and detailed. There is also an uncommon paddle digit adhered to the middle of the vert, adding to the interest of the fossil. The bones are compressed in an unusual way making them flatter than they would have been in life. These fossils were first found by pioneering Victorian fossils hunters like Mary Anning. Ichthyosaur bones are very popular fossils from this location.
Around 198 million years old (Sinemurian, Early Jurassic), this fossil would make a wonderful addition to any collection.