As this site develops, I will be sure to add new headers and many interesting pictures to enliven the pages.  This will be the page where I will list the images, describe what they are and give credit where necessary.

Brachypterygius ("Grendelius") mordax

[caption id="attachment_201" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Brachypterygius mordax composite photo of specimen Ce 16696 from Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.[/caption]

The first image I put up, included within the apologies post, is the nearly completespecimen of Brachypterygius mordax housed in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (specimen Ce 16696).  This image is a composite of four photographs that I took looking through the glass in the museum, hence the wonderfully jaunty angle.


[caption id="attachment_41" align="alignright" width="584"] Stenopterygius quadriscissus from the Posidonienschiefer of southern Germany. Image from the Hunterian Museum courtesy of Neil Clark.[/caption]

The second image, from my introduction to ichthyosaurs post of Stenopterygius taken from the Hunterian Museum (, with the permission of Neil clark.  This specimen in exquisitely preserved and shows the skin outline.

International Stratigraphic Chart

[caption id="attachment_45" align="alignright" width="584"] A section of the International Stratigraphic Chart by Gabi Ogg. Angled to make it look even more beautiful.[/caption]

I have also included a section of the International Stratigraphic Chart created by Gabi Ogg and taken from the ICS website at  This September 2010 version is copyright © 2010 International Commission on Stratigraphy.

Charmouth from Lyme Regis

[caption id="attachment_44" align="alignright" width="584"] A view towards Charmouth and the black Liassic cliffs eastward. Taken from the western end of Lyme Regis, standing on a terrace![/caption]

This image was taken by myself during a conference in Lyme Regis, from the terrace of the house I was staying in.  Yes! it really was right on the beach!  I must thank Mark Witton for organising the house and making the initial payment to allow us to stay.  And for putting up with myself during that week (although I wasn't as bad as Nathan).

Weymouth Bay Pliosaur

[caption id="attachment_157" align="alignright" width="584"] The Weymouth Bay Pliosaur in dorsal (left) and right lateral (right, the image has been flipped horizontally to fit) views.[/caption]

While not strictly and ichthyosaur, this is a phenomenal specimen of a (fairly closely — probably) related group.  The skull alone is over two metres long and has been superbly prepared and presented on a wonderful mount.  This can be seen in Dorset County Museum, Dorchester.