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Macropterygius ?thyreospondylus from the Kimmeridge Clay of Dorset.
NB at about a 21 cm diameter vertebra this was a large beast !
Photographs © Barry Marsh SOES Museum label notes are the bottom of page
Notes from label: 16618 Macroptergius
A vertebral centrum from the Kimmeridge clay of Dorset (exact site unrecorded). Figured and described as
M. ?thyreospondylus by J.B.Delair under the sub-heading "The largest known British Kimmeridgian Ichthyosaur"
in "Some Little Known Jurassic Ichthyosaurs from Dorset", 1986. Proc. Dorset Nat. Hist. & Arch. Soc., vol.107 (1985), pp.127-134 (see pp.133-134, pl.4).