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Palaeontology

Predator X terrorized prehistoric oceans

March 25, 2009 | Comment icon 8 comments



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Described as the Tyrannosaurus of the sea, remains of the world's most fearsome ocean predator nicknamed "Predator X" have been uncovered in permafrost on a Norwegian island near the North Pole.
A marine monster described as the most fearsome animal ever to swim in the oceans boasted a bite up to 11 times as strong as that of Tyrannosaurus rex. The fossil remains of the huge pliosaur were dug up last summer from the permafrost on Svalbard, a Norwegian island close to the North Pole. "


Source: Times Online | Comments (8)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
Wow, strong bite. That makes our modern crocodiles mere poodles against these Predator X.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Samuronin 14 years ago
There goes my T- Rex's record.... Oh well at least he has the strongest bite of a land predator..
Comment icon #3 Posted by The Revolutionary Mind 14 years ago
T. rexís 3,000lb per square inch. Alligators have the strongest bite today with about 2,500lb per square inch. An alligatorís bite is almost as powerful as a T-Rex's... if you ever wondered what it would feel like to be eaten by a T-Rex just go swimming in the everglades.
Comment icon #4 Posted by chaoszerg 14 years ago
if you ever wondered what it would feel like to be eaten by a T-Rex just go swimming in the everglades. No please don't do that, some people are actually silly enough to heed your post and do just that.
Comment icon #5 Posted by The Revolutionary Mind 14 years ago
some people are actually silly enough to heed your post and do just that ...uhh ...Darwinism at work?
Comment icon #6 Posted by CausticGnostic 14 years ago
I couldn't get the full article to launch on my crappy WebTV. How big was this animal, what epoch did it live in, was it a fish or a reptile? How would it stack up against a megalodon (giant shark)?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Leonardo 14 years ago
I couldn't get the full article to launch on my crappy WebTV. How big was this animal, what epoch did it live in, was it a fish or a reptile? How would it stack up against a megalodon (giant shark)? I don't know if this link will work any better for you, CG? If not, the animal is estimated (based on skull fragments and size of the front flipper) as being approx 15m long and weighing perhaps upwards of 20 tons. It lived in either the late Jurassic or early Cretaceous periods (dating has not yet been fully established). It was a marine reptile (a pliosaur) and, with regards to your confrontation... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Archer1945 14 years ago
Happen to catch the History Channel show on this last night. Talk about a killing machine! Somewhere in the neighborhood of 50' (16m) long and probably weight around 45 tons. Had four flippers around 10' (3m) long and probably used only two of them for normal swimming. The hind two would be used like the afterburner on a jet to allow it to very quickly accelerate when prey was sighted. Estimates are that it used its energy so efficiently that it only had to eat every couple of days; a meal probably consisted of a 30' plesiosaur. The fossil of a similar pliosaur was found in Australia with a pl... [More]


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