The palaeontology museum in Elche has welcomed a new specimen to its displays, as it does every month, and now has a replica of an ichthyosaur in the museum, a marine reptile that looks and acted like today’s dolphins, which is believed to have inhabited the sea some 187 million years ago.

Ichthyosaurs lived in open sea and fed on fish and cephalopods, one of the most abundant reptiles at the time of the dinosaurs.

The piece has been borrowed from the German Holzmaden archaeological site and is added to the collection of around 60,000 fossils in the museum.

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