This remarkable fossil is the skull of a Warwickshire ‘sea-dragon’ – a Jurassic ichthyosaur from Binton, near Stratford-upon-Avon. This amazing fossil was collected in the 19th century when the local limestone was quarried for building stone. It is approximately 45 centimetres in length.
A bit like dolphins
Ichthyosaurs were sea-going reptiles that looked a bit like dolphins. Like dolphins they probably had varied diets, and were equipped with sharp teeth for catching fish. Ichthyosaur remains were once found quite commonly in the local limestone quarries. Large schools of these amazing animals must have ruled the shallow Jurassic seas that covered our county 200 million years ago.