Stenopterygius facts for kids
Temporal range: Lower to Mid Jurassic
|Stenopterygius quadriscissus from the Lower Jurassic of Germany|
Stenopterygius was a typical, dolphin-shaped ichthyosaur of the Lower Jurassic. It is like the poster reptile of the ichthyosaur family, Ichthyosaurus, but with slightly narrower flippers and a smaller head. Its name means "narrow wing".
Some Stenopterygius fossils have been found with the remains of juveniles inside--clearly instances of mothers dying before they could give birth. As with other ichthyosaurs, Stenopterygius females gave birth to live young. Their eggs developed internally before birth.
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1921 restoration by Charles R. Knight
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