Huge prehistoric ‘sea dragon’ fossil found in U.K. reservoir

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RUTLAND WATER, U.K. (NBC) – The fossilized remains of an ichthyosaur have been found in England’s midlands, the largest and most complete of its kind discovered in the U.K., according to a news release issued by Anglian Water.

The ichthyosaurs were large marine reptiles similar in shape to dolphins but grew up to lengths of 82 feet.

The 32-foot long fossil was discovered in February 2021 in Rutland Water and is thought to be 180 million years old, during the Jurassic Period when dinosaurs walked on land.

A conservationist at Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, Joe Davis, found the ichthyosaur during a routine draining of a lagoon island for re-landscaping.

The animals are often referred to as sea dragons due to having large eyes and teeth. The animal went extinct around 90 million years ago

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