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'T. Rex' of the Seas Called First Top Killer

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#1    Render


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Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:14 AM


Newfound fossils of a giant dolphin-shaped reptilian predator are now shedding light on how the world recovered after the most devastating mass extinction in history, researchers say.

This new species, formally named Thalattoarchon saurophagis — which means "lizard-eating ruler of the sea" — was an early member of the ichthyosaurs, marine reptiles that evolved from land reptiles just as modern whales did from land mammals. Ichthyosaurs cruised the oceans for 160 million years, apparently going extinct about 90 million years ago, some 25 million years before the age of dinosaurs ended.


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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

View PostRender, on 09 January 2013 - 07:14 AM, said:

"This prehistoric sea monster could provide information on how the planet might deal with the mass extinction humans are causing now, scientists added."

Meaning: after we humans have died out. monsters will rule the seas and the land.

My fantasy come true: I once had a line in my profile, saying something like: "After we humans die out, crows will take over."

And from what I have seen them do, and from what I have read about them, I think they are just waiting for the right moment....

Google "Megacrow" (or "Megacorax" or "Megacorvus", I forgot which one) or something, and see what someone's vision of an alternative, non-human, future could look like.




Though wasted right now, I managed to find it anyway:

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Edited by Abramelin, 09 January 2013 - 08:48 PM.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:34 PM

That critter had some serious teeth. Bet a meg is a happy meal to him.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

Here is another pretty big sea-beast:



This marine reptile is excitingly, possibly the largest pliosaur ever to live
The large size of Predator X meant that when fully grown it would have been capable of taking down almost any other prey from marine reptiles like plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs and smaller pliosaurs to gigantic fish similar to Leedsichthys.

The massive jaws would have had equally powerful muscles that would have given Predator X one of the largestbite forces of all the animals in the fossil record, although the giant shark C. megalodon may have been able to match Predator X, with larger individuals actually exceeding it.
Regardless of whether Predator X had the highest bite force or not, its thirty centimetre long teeth would still have been driven through the bodies of prey animals with easily enough force to kill them.

Regarding birds, check out the Demon Duck of Doom >> http://www.unexplain...7

Edit: Hehe, when I looked at the other threads in this section I found this one here. I totally missed that one>> http://www.unexplain...howtopic=236068

Edited by Still Waters, 10 January 2013 - 02:50 PM.
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