Fossil Ichthyosaur Blubber Is Evidence They Were Warm-Blooded

The ichthyosaur (literally ‘fish-lizard’) lived in what is today southern Germany during the Jurassic Period some 180 million years ago. The two-meter long reptile swam in the vast ocean that is now, after climate and geological changes, Europe.Researchers have analyzed the remains of an ichthyosaur so well-preserved that its soft-tissues retain some of their original pliability; the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of a soft-tissue fossil ever undertaken. Among other things, the study reveals that the soft parts have fossilized so quickly that both the original cells and their internal contents are preserved.read more

Fossil Ichthyosaur Blubber Is Evidence They Were Warm-Blooded

For the first time, researchers have identified blubber, and other soft tissue, preserved in an Early Jurassic ichthyosaur. The new interpretation of the 180-million-year-old fossil suggests ...

Wed 5 Dec 18 from Discover Magazine

Fossil blubber shows ichthyosaurs were warm blooded reptiles

A fossil so well preserved that its skin is still flexible is revealing much more about the marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs that swam in the sea during the age of dinosaurs

Wed 5 Dec 18 from Newscientist

Fossil preserves 'sea monster' blubber and skin

Scientists identify fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million years ago.

Wed 5 Dec 18 from BBC News

Soft tissue shows Jurassic ichthyosaur was warm-blooded, had blubber and camouflage

An ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile resembles its distant relative in more than appearance, according to an international team of researchers that includes scientists from North Carolina ...

Wed 5 Dec 18 from Phys.org

Ichthyosaur may have had blubber, which means the ‘sea monster’ may have been warm-blooded

Blubber is extremely rare among reptiles.

Thu 6 Dec 18 from ZME Science

180-million-year-old 'sea monster' found with skin and blubber

The fossil of a 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur from the Jurassic era has been discovered and it contains evidence of blubber and skin, making the creature more similar to modern-day dolphins ...

Thu 6 Dec 18 from FOXNews

Ichthyosaurus that lived 180 million years ago were like dolphins

A remarkable analysis of its fossilised soft tissue - conducted by Lund University in Sweden - has shown for the first time that ichthyosaurs had blubber to insulate them against the cold water.

Wed 5 Dec 18 from Daily Mail

Jurassic Ichthyosaur Was Warm-blooded

NewsSoft tissue shows Jurassic ichthyosaur was warm-blooded, had blubber and camouflage.Contributed Author: North Carolina State UniversityTopics: Archaeology

Thu 6 Dec 18 from Laboratory Equipment

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