The Ichthyosaur of La RobineNature Reserve

Ichthyosaur of La Robine © Department 04
Ichthyosaur of La Robine © Department 04
Ichthyosaur of La Robine © Department 04
Ichthyosaur of La Robine © Department 04
Ichthyosaur of La Robine © Department 04

Ichthyosaur of La Robine
Ichthyosaur of La Robine
Ichthyosaur of La Robine
Ichthyosaur of La Robine
Ichthyosaur of La Robine
The Ichthyosaurus of La Robine is approximately 185 million years old.

Description

Its name comes from the Greek terms ikhthus (fish) and sauros (lizard). The Ichthyosaur, in fact, looks like a fish but belongs to the order of reptiles. The shape of its very hydrodynamic body is reminiscent of that of a shark or a dolphin. Its four limbs transformed into swimming paddles, its dorsal fin and its bilobed tail ensured it great speed of movement. The ichthyosaurs disappeared towards the end of the secondary era, about 90 million years ago, even before the extinction of all the large reptiles 65 million years ago.

After his death, he was covered in a waterlogged mud and bacterial veil that protected his skeleton. Then this mud became loaded with rock and the fossilized skeleton trapped in the rock gangue was preserved.

Labels & accessibility

  • Circuits of France_POI
  • Sensitive Natural Spaces
  • Nature Reserve

Visit

Individual

  • Unguided individual tours permanently

Situation

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Comfort / services

  • Pet Friendly
  • Parking nearby

Pet Friendly

Prices

Free access.

Opening

All year.

Subject to favorable weather conditions.

Extra information

  • Subject to favorable weather conditions
  • Subject to snow conditions.