Ichthyosaurus Paddle

Ichthyosaurus Paddle

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Caption: Paddle-like limb of an Ichthyosaurus, a marine reptile found worldwide in the Mesozoic era. Ichthyosaurs were carnivores that grew up to three meters long, with a body similar to a dolphin. They used the conical teeth in their beak-like snouts to feed on cephalopods.

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Keywords: animal fossil, convergent evolution, extinct reptile, flipper, forelimb, fossil, fossil reptile, fossilized bones, front limb, ichthyosaur, ichthyosauria, ichthyosauridae, ichthyosaurus, jurassic period, marine reptile, mesozoic era, paddle, palaeontological, palaeontology, paleontology, prehistoric fauna, reptilia, sauropsida

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