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'Predator X' identified as new species


Posted on Friday, 19 October, 2012 | Comment icon 20 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Researchers have confirmed that the giant prehistoric meat-eating sea monster is indeed a new species.

Now known as "Pliosaurus funkei", the fearsome creature roamed the world's oceans over 150 million years ago. With a bite several times more powerful than that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, these denizens of the deep would have been at the top of the food chain. "They had teeth that would have made a T. rex whimper," said study co-author Patrick Druckenmiller.

Evidence of the creatures was first found in 2006 when two pliosaur skeletons were unearthed in Norway with one showing unusual characteristics. Dubbed 'Predator X', the identity of the mysterious carnivore had remained something of a mystery until now. The discovery points to a prehistoric ocean teeming with giant predators that can grow up to 40ft in length.

"Now, after years of painstaking analysis of the jaw, vertebrae and forelimbs, the researchers have determined that Predator X is in fact a new species, and they have officially named it for Bjorn and May-Liss Funke, volunteers who first discovered the fossils."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by Tizqar on 21 October, 2012, 10:41
I still wouldn't like to encounter that on a nice afternoon swim!
Comment icon #12 Posted by thewild on 21 October, 2012, 12:03
What an awesome sea monster that critter is!! Jeeze the picture is fearsome. No wonder the aquatics marched up out of the water to become land animals!!
Comment icon #13 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 21 October, 2012, 21:07
I was a predator x once in my younger days at the night clubs lol
Comment icon #14 Posted by theworldneeds2know on 23 October, 2012, 17:18
can't be new species if its dead. more like old new species.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Daniel Knight on 5 January, 2013, 6:31
"roamed the world's oceans over 150 million years ago" cuz the atheist bible-denying money loving cultists said so! Be ashamed for pushing this crap. How many more mass murders by atheists need to happen before you immature babies admit the Bible is true. You're true idiots. God forgive you if that's possible, for narcissists and psychopaths it's not, commit yourselves to a mental institution please. http://eternian.wordpress.com/evidence
Comment icon #16 Posted by Rut Roh on 5 January, 2013, 6:50
Lets see, what would be the most dangerous mind set to have... to follow blindly or to openly question? Simple question from a true idiot. Also, why even read something if you know that you cannot even remotely agree or relate to it.
Comment icon #17 Posted by The Silver Thong on 5 January, 2013, 7:21
If we all had time machines man would have never learned to swim back then. Evolution is great and we evolved with out these things. Damn jaws music.....
Comment icon #18 Posted by anasshad on 5 January, 2013, 9:17
What actually this Predator X was?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Abramelin on 6 January, 2013, 22:34
From the looks of it that is where you are posting from.
Comment icon #20 Posted by SameerPrehistorica on 10 January, 2013, 12:38
These kinds of things are common in Paleontology..Someone finds some fossil and claims it as very big and then someone else describes it as small.You know...In the BBC 'Walking with Dinosaurs', they said the Liopleurodon(also a Pliosaur like Predator X) was 75 feet long and 150 tonnes.What a joke..BBC has good prehistoric animal shows but i don't know why they mention some animals more heavier when it is not true.Anyway..


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