Monday, 25 May 2015
Planet Earth - Icthyosaurs
Life restoration of Ichthyosaurus anningae. Image credit: James McKay.
A remarkable discovery in the fossil collection of the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery has led to the naming of a new species.
Picture Credit: Dean Lomax and Judy Massare
The name honours Dorset fossil collector Mary Anning.
It was Mary, along with her brother Joseph, who found the first Ichthyosaurus fossils to be scientifically studied in 1811.
Until now, no species of Ichthyosaurus has been given her name, so this is long overdue.
Dean Lomax, Honorary Scientist at The University of Manchester, examined the specimen in 2008.