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The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur
The Museum in the Park in Stroud has put on display an amazing 180 million old Ichthyosaur!
Our fossilised baby Ichthyosaur, has been freshly cleaned and conserved, and will form the centrepiece of a temporary display which will allow visitors to explore the underwater environment that this creature lived in.
Discover what an Ichthyosaur ate for lunch, as well as the other creatures and plant life that shared its watery world. With artistic representations of how the Ichthyosaur lived, plus the fossilised remains of the Ichthyosaur and its contemporaries this exhibition is not to be missed.
Ichthyosaurs are dolphin like 'fish lizards' and were first made famous by the celebrated lady fossil collector, Mary Anning of nursery rhyme 'she sells sea shells by the seashore' fame. Although numerous examples of these predatory marine reptiles are known there are very few 'baby' examples on public display.
This example was originally discovered in Lyme Regis, Dorset before being gifted to the Museum by a local gentleman.
Pete Lawrence of the Gloucestershire Geological Trust says 'The specimen at the Museum in the park is a virtually perfect example of a very young individual and shows beautifully all the characteristic features. It may not be the biggest but it is certainly ‘very cute’ indeed.'
The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur is open during normal Museum opening times until 9 July 2017.
Drop In Family Workshop: Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June 2017, 11am - 4pm
£2 per child suggested donation
Come along to this family drop-in workshop and make your own diorama of the watery world of the Ichthyosaur. Make your own ammonites, belemnites and plant life to populate your under-sea scene in this themed craft activity which allows you to explore the scientific evidence for the life of the Ichthyosaur alongside your own creativity.
Supported by The Curry Fund of the Geologists Association
Photo shows Hellen O'Connor a geologist and our Visitor Services Officer, holding the baby Ichthyosaur with Alexia Clark, Collections & Documentation Officer.
Children's Festival coming to town this weekend...
Art, music, storytelling and ground-breaking opera for the young at heart! An action-packed weekend of events coming to Stroud celebrating both nature and literature.
Museum Art Gallery Runner Up in Gloucestershire Awards
The Museum in the Park's Art Gallery was recently voted 'Runner Up' in the Gloucestershire Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017.
Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast
An amazing exhibition is set to open on 27 May with some exciting family activities planned for the half term school holidays.
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