English Icthyosaur Coprolite, Fossil Fecal Matter #62
Age: 200-Million-Years-Old (Jurassic Age)
Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset, England (Jurassic Coast)
Size: 1 1/2″ x 3/4″′
Weight: 7 oz.
Collected by my friend, Bretton Carter, (a paleontologist who has worked with the University of Glasgow) in Lyme Regis, England (part of the Jurassic Coast of England). No human alterations, as it does not reek of putrid odors! This coprolite came right from the belly of an Icthyosaur Skeleton which was excavated in July of 2017. Coprolites tell us a lot about how these animals- from what they ate right down to the sickness and diseases they suffered from. These coprolites were first discovered by Mary Anning, and like she, you can disect these coprolites and discover undigested animals within them (such as ammonites, belemnites, snails, and other Marine Reptile bones)!
The Icthyosaur resembles a large fish-like lizard, which is actually what it’s name means in Greek! Fossil coprolites are a great way to get kids interested in the science of Paleontology! And if you have the right tools, and knowledge of chemistry, you can break down these coprolites yourself to discover what animal remains may be hidden within them. This specimen is *partially* pyritized.
Ichyosaur as they appeared 200-65-million-years-ago:
|Dimensions||1 x 1 x 1 in|