Ignored museum fossil turns out to be new ichthyosaur species

February 19, 2015 8:38 PM

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The fossil sat in the museum for 30 years, misidentified as a plaster copy, until paleontologist Dean Lomax took an interest to it in 2008. Several of the fossilized specimen's bones didn't look like other ichthyosaurs, so Lomax, a researcher at Manchester University, noted the differences.

He then spent the next five years traveling around to other museum collections in an attempt to confirm his suspicions. Lomax's traveling research was aided by ichthyosaurs expert Judy Massare, a professor at Brockport College in New York.

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