Ichthyosaur and prey, artwork

Ichthyosaur and prey, artwork

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Credit: RICHARD BIZLEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ichthyosaur and prey. Artwork of an Ichthyosaurus marine reptile (centre left) hunting its prey, a belemnite (far left), during the Jurassic Period (200-146 million years ago). The belemnite has used a natural form of jet propulsion to move swiftly away from the predator, leaving a cloud of ink behind in the water. Modern-day squid and octopus have similar defence and esacpe mechanisms. Other belemnites (one at lower right) are also shown, forming a school in the background, along with fish and an ammonite (upper right). A floating log (upper left) is covered with crinoids. The fish are Pycnodont (yellow) and Dapedium politum (orange).

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