How to Recycle an Ichthyosaur

Whales have very active afterlives. Once they settle on the ocean bottom, their bodies become both food and shelter for a host of different organisms - an oasis of bone and rotting flesh called a whalefall. But whales aren't the only animals to have enriched the seafloor. During the Late Jurassic, over 90 million years before whales even existed, the bodies of aquatic reptiles called ichthyosaurs hosted a vibrant succession of marine life.

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This week, Plymouth University paleontologist Silvia Danise and colleagues have described the ...

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