Interiors to include Paintings, Clocks, Furniture & Works of Art | 23 April 2013
fossilised specimen of an adult, length of fossil 127cm.
fossilised specimen of an adult, length of fossil 127cm., mounted in a plaster of paris mount which is fixed to a wooden board and framed, matrix 129 x 46 cm (widest) and overall 143 x 54cm., Somerset or Devon, Lower Liassic rock (shale), Jurassic period, [c. 200 million BC].
⁂ A fine example of an Ichthyosaur, "fish lizard". So named after the famous example found by Mary Anning (fossil hunter, 1799-1847), and her brother, Joseph, at Lyme Regis in 1812. Originally named Proteosaurus by Sir Everard Home, and from 1817, Ichthyosaurus.
Ichthyosaurs first appeared in the Triassic period and became extinct during the Cretaceous. They were marine reptiles, breathing air through their nostrils and gave birth to live young. Their appearance was dolphin like with large flippers and they had an ability to operate in cold and warm temperatures.
Research documents available with this lot.
majority of the bones as originals,
probable displacement of the lower jaw
giving it the appearance of an overbite, tail
fin veterbrae not present, a number of
replacement replica bones especially in
the area of the ribcage, remains of other
fossilised small creatures in the matrix,
either an indication of the fossil s last meal
or perhaps washed in as the skeleton
decomposed, some of the original matrix
present (shale), plaster mount repaired
and consolidated, repainted,
marks, scratches and abrasions overall comensurate with age and use.
Tuesday 23 April 2013, 10.00am
19th April 9.00am - 4.00pm
20th April 9.00am - 12.30pm
22nd April 9.00am - 6.00pm
23rd April from 8.30am