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Sea dragon discovered

The largest UK example of a predator that roamed the seas at the time of the dinosaurs has been uncovered. The 33ft (10m) long ichthyosaur fossil, which is about 180 million years old, was found at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Year 4 and year 6 teachers can use this amazing discovery to engage their children and help them research the scientific name for a Sea Dragon. How might they classify this unusual creature? Where did it live? When did it live? What would it have eaten? This fossil is one of the best examples of a ichthyosaur found in the UK. Can they find out who first discovered and correctly identified similar fossil remains in Dorset?

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