Another Stockton Dragon

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SINCE we chronicled in NATURE in September last the find of an Ichthyosaurus in Mr. Lakin's pit at Stockton, the men in the neighbouring quarries have thirsted for the renown which a similar discovery would bring. Great care has been employed with the pick as each succeeding layer of clay was reached, and more than one false alarm has been raised. Last week a specimen less complete, but still remarkable, was unearthed in the cement works belonging to Messrs. Kay and Co. It lies 50 feet below the surface. The head is tolerably perfect, showing the teeth and one of the eyes. The ribs and paddles are much dislocated, and the lower part of the tail is wanting. The length of the head is 2 feet 8 inches, of the whole fragment 7 feet. It has been admirably photographed by Mr. Elkington, of Bradwell, Rugby, to whom we were indebted for the first monster, and who will supply copies to geologists and others requiring them. It is hoped that the fossil may be secured for the Warwick Museum.

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T., W. Another Stockton Dragon. Nature 59, 461 (1899) doi:10.1038/059461b0

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