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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