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Patient Fellow Pieces Together Ichthyosaur Skull
Enthusiast Mike Harrison, 47, spent the last two years searching for parts
of the skull belonging to Ichthyosaur, dubbed the 'King' of Jurassic seas.
The shop worker discovered 21 shards of bone after a landslide along the
Jurassic Coast in Lyme Regis, Dorset, in May 2008.
Now after two years, he has completed piecing together the skull -
measuring 5ft long and weighing 25 stone - of the marine reptile.
Mr Harrison, from Sidmouth, Devon, said he has spent much of his spare
time searching for the ancient remains and is storing the skull on his
He said: ''Within a week or two of the landslide in May 2008 I found the
first piece of the skull.
''From then on it was a race to find the rest of it which I did after six
months hard work. There were 21 pieces which were quite large, around 18
inches by two feet.
''Some of the teeth have broken off but the roots are still there. So this
may suggest that the dinosaur died of old age or that it couldn't feed
itself. They would have had around 150 teeth.
''I've been storing the pieces in a spare room, but now it's on the
kitchen table so it's been TV dinners for a while.