Paleontologists have discovered Scotland's first known icthyosaur, a large marine reptile that swam in the seas around Skye some 170 million years ago. Called Dearcmhara shawcrossi (pronounced jark vara ), it's one of only a few species to be given a Gaelic name. The creature was about 13 feet long and hunted fish and smaller reptiles.


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That is one smug-looking icthyosaur.