Icthyosaur
An icthyosaur skull, with part of its spine and an eye socket.

Meet a real Jurassic sea dragon!

Ichthyosaurs like this were about 2 metres long and could dive to champion depths.

The bottom picture shows how they were built to stand the force of very deep water - you can see the circle of bony reinforcements around its eye socket.

Its strong spine (middle) would have helped too. But despite its fearsome swimming skills, a live Ichthyosaur probably looked more like a dolphin than a dragon!

The pictures feature an Ichthyosaur found at Wilmcote.

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