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130 million-year-old 'sea monster' found


Posted on Monday, 9 December, 2013 | Comment icon 16 comments


Plesiosaurs were common in the prehistoric seas. Image Credit: Dmitry Bogdanov

Palaeontologists have uncovered the remains of a huge prehistoric predatory marine reptile.

The fossil remains were unearthed in Boyaca, a landlocked region of Columbia that was believed to have been flooded during the Cretaceous era. The ancient marine reptile is a plesiosaur, a 26ft aquatic carnivore that would have once been found all across the world's oceans.

"This animal lived approximately 130 million years ago," said palaeontologist Maria Paramo. "At that time, almost half of Colombia had a gradual marine flooding that lasted, in the west, until the end of the Cretaceous Period."

More than 100 different types of plesiosaur have been identified over the last two centuries. Featuring a long neck and flat body with four large flippers, these denizens of the deep were believed to have fed primarily on fish.

Myths surrounding these creatures have endured for years, with many cryptozoological lake and sea creatures being attributed by some to surviving members of this ancient and long extinct species.

   
Source: IB Times | Comments (16)

Tags: Dinosaur, Plesiosaur


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by WoIverine on 9 December, 2013, 22:40
Release the Kraken!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Labobio on 10 December, 2013, 0:49
meems
Comment icon #9 Posted by coolguy on 10 December, 2013, 5:11
I wish this thing was still alive that would be cool
Comment icon #10 Posted by SameerPrehistorica on 10 December, 2013, 5:16
That is not a Dinosaur.It is a Plesiosaur. Your favorite Animal is still there. It's just the name is changed from Brontosaurus to Apatosaurus.
Comment icon #11 Posted by qxcontinuum on 10 December, 2013, 5:40
I have such of big problem with the year suggested ranges... 130 million years, yesh...both isotop and carbon dating tehnologies are not peviding accurate readings and they could be influenced by so many factors
Comment icon #12 Posted by budica on 11 December, 2013, 23:55
Hate to tell you this but they don't need to use either of those technologies to put a rough estimate on the date. Its all from the layers the fossil was found in.
Comment icon #13 Posted by g00dfella on 12 December, 2013, 0:09
But they grew up to 15 meters, about 50ft..
Comment icon #14 Posted by vespertine on 12 December, 2013, 2:01
Damn, that's amazing.
Comment icon #15 Posted by gracy4033 on 28 December, 2013, 7:26
hey ! that looks a lot like Nessie
Comment icon #16 Posted by Harte on 28 December, 2013, 20:12
Yeah, but "Apatoburger" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Harte


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