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New species of long-snouted and long-necked polycotylid plesiosaur unearthed


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Millions of years ago, an enormous, long-necked marine reptile undulated through the waters of an ancient seaway in what is now Wyoming, whipping its snaky neck back and forth and using its crocodilelike jaws to snap up fish and other small sea creatures.

Paleontologists discovered fossils of this sinuous sea monster in 1995 during a dig in the minimally explored uppermost portion of Pierre Shale, a geological formation dating to the Upper Cretaceous period (approximately 101 million to 66 million years ago). And unlike other plesiosaurs, this animal had physical characteristics that set it apart from other members of this extinct clade of marine reptiles.

https://www.livescience.com/long-necked-plesiosaur-wyoming

Now, researchers have revealed their findings about this new species in a study published online Sept. 26 in the journal iScience. 

https://www.cell.com/iscience/fulltext/S2589-0042(22)01305-0?

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New species of long-snouted and long-necked polycotylid plesiosaur unearthed

We're closing in on an ideal candidate for the Loch Ness Monster.

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