New Scottish Ichthyosaur identified

Exciting news about the identification of a new species of Ichthyosaur – Dearcmhara shawcrossi – unique to Scotland, and identified from middle Jurassic rocks in the Isle of Skye. A team lead by Steve Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh, discovered the specimen in bones collected on Skye in 1959.

Dearcmhara _Final

The reconstruction above by the artist Todd Marshall, and provided by the PalAlba group, shows what the 4-metre long ichthyosaur might have looked like!