2000 Laureate, Exploration
The untimely death of Elizabeth Nicholls in October 2004 deeply saddened all those who knew her and appreciated her boundless enthusiasm and determination. The Canadian-American palaeontologist overcame numerous obstacles to extract the fossilised remains of a 220-million-year-old, giant marine reptile in a remote region of Canada. Her colleagues will continue to study this exceptional example of prehistoric animal life, which is being put on public display in summer 2008 and summer 2009.
age, in years, of the ichthyosaur fossil Nicholls extracted from a limestone bed
length, in metres, of the icthyosaur, the largest prehistoric marine reptile ever found
weight, in tonnes, of the ichthyosaur fossil's skull
years it took to remove the ichthyosaur from its limestone matrix