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Meet ‘Fiona’ the Pregnant Ichthyosaur, Chile’s Oldest Marine Reptile Mother

Meet 'Fiona' the Pregnant Ichthyosaur, Chile's Oldest Marine Reptile Mother
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In the shadow of a huge glacier in Patagonia, paleontologists have unearthed a rare fossil: an ancient marine reptile that died during pregnancy. This dolphin-like creature, called an ichthyosaur, is the first of its kind to be discovered in Chile, where it was recovered from an excavation site near Tyndall Glacier in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

“This site is really unique because it captures a time in Earth’s history when we don’t have a very good fossil record for marine reptiles,” said Erin Maxwell, ichthyosaur specialist and curator of marine reptiles at the State Museum of Natural History. in Stuttgart, Germany, who helped dig up the fossil, Live Science told Live Science.

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