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They discover a three dimensional fossil of a Jurassic fish that is unparalleled

Remains of Mesozoic marine reptiles known as ‘ichthyosaurs’, squid, insects, and other animals were also unearthed.

A fish fossil about 180 million years old, extraordinarily well preserved in three dimensions, was recently found in a fossil bed from a Lower Jurassic period discovered on a farm in the United Kingdom, informs LiveScience.

A team of archaeologists led by paleontologists Neville and Sally Hollingworth unearthed more than 180 fossils that date from the Toarcian (183-174 million years ago) behind a cowshed of the g ranch in the county of Gloucestershire, among which are the remains of fish, Mesozoic marine reptiles known as ‘ichthyosaurs’, squid, insects and other animals of the time. However, one of the most important specimens was a fish, whose head was preserved in three dimensions.

The fossil, which belonged to a specimen of Pachycormus, an extinct genus of fish, was discovered embedded in a nodule of hardened limestone protruding from the clay, and most interestingly: it contained soft tissues, including scales and an eye, and, according to the researchers, don’t have paragon. “The eyeball and socket were well preserved. Normally, in the case of fossils, they are lying flat. But in this case, they were preserved in more than one dimension, and it looks like the fish is jumping off the rock,” said Neville Hollingworth. to Live Science.

Impressed by the find, the archaeologists shared the specimen with ThinkSee3D, a company that creates 3D digital models of fossils, so that researchers around the world can study it more closely through an interactive reconstruction.

It should be noted that the fossils were found in such good condition because this region of the country was completely submerged by a shallow tropical sea and the sediments probably helped to preserve them. As a team member and paleontologist from the University of Manchester, Dean Lomax, explains, “when the fish died, they went to the bottom of the sea”, but their remains were not affected, since they must have been “quickly buried under the sediment”. “.

It is reported that some of the fossils will be on display at a local museum, while the researchers continue to study their findings and are already working to publish the results.

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