Paleontologist Megan L. Jacobs said, “There are many differences in this ecothiae that make it distinctive as to its genus and species.” “New Late Jurassic ichthyosaurs are extremely rare in the United Kingdom, as these creatures have been studied for 200 years. We knew it was almost immediately new, but it took about a year to make sure that all other Late Jurassic. We definitely had a tendency to compare with the Ichthyosaurs. It was so exciting that I couldn’t watch the match. “
This specific specimen was discovered in 2009 and it is estimated that it is about 6 feet tall. It was discovered by fossil collector Steve Etches MBE “after a broken rock along the seashore.”
It appears that sperm whales have some similarities with their “extremely deep rib cage” which may allow for larger lungs and space so internal organs were not crushed under pressure. It also had large eyes, which meant that it could see well in low light.
Its hundreds of small teeth indicate a diet, which may include squid and small fish, and is “unique due to its smooth teeth.”
“They still had no more scales to breathe air on the surface,” Jacobs said. “Nothing is really known about the biology of these animals. We can only make assumptions from the fossils we have, but there is nothing like it around today. Eventually, in order to adapt to being completely aquatic, they can no longer go to the ground to lay eggs, so they evolved into surviving the first living tail. Skeletons have been found inside the mother with infants and have actually been born. “
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