Fossil of pregnant ichthyosaur discovered in Chile

13 May 2022
2022-05-13 14:58

The University of Magallanes announced that the discovery of the complete fossil of a pregnant ichthyosaur in Chile's Patagonian glacier on Tuesday.

The paleontologist who led the team said it was the only known fossil of a pregnant ichthyosaur from the Early Cretaceous period, between 129 and 139 million years ago.

The four-metre-long fossil was found in the Tyndall Glacier, located in the Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile.

According to the university, the fossil was discovered by Judith Pardo-Pérez in 2009 on the last day of an expedition funded by the German government. The female marine reptile has been nicknamed "Fiona"

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