Jurassic period fish fossils found on British farm

A farm in England is the source of an undiscovered Jurassic gift: a treasure trove of 183-million-year-old fossils. On the outskirts of Gloucestershire in the Cotswolds, under the soil now trampled under the feet of cattle, researchers recently discovered the fossilized remains of giant fish and marine reptiles known as ichthyosaurs, squid, insects and other ancient animals. Jurassic period (201.3 million to 145 million years ago).

Among the more than 180 fossils recorded during the excavation, a remarkable specimen is a preserved three-dimensional fish head. Pachycormus, an extinct species of ray-finned fish. The fossil, embedded in a nodule of hard limestone outside of clay, contained soft tissues including scales and an eye and was well preserved. The 3-D nature of the model’s head and body position the researchers could not compare with other previous findings.

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