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Sea reptile is biggest on record

Posted on Thursday, 28 February, 2008 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Waspie, Verminator


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"A fossilised "sea monster" unearthed on an Arctic island is the largest marine reptile known to science, Norwegian scientists have announced."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by draconic chronicler on 28 February, 2008, 11:31
Submitted by Waspie, Verminator: A fossilised "sea monster" unearthed on an Arctic island is the largest marine reptile known to science, Norwegian scientists have announced. The 150 million-year-old specimen was found on Spitspergen, in the Arctic island chain of Svalbard, in 2006. The Jurassic-era leviathan is one of 40 sea reptiles from a fossil "treasure trove" uncovered on the island. Nicknamed "The Monster", the immense creature would have measured 15m (50ft) from nose to tail. And during the last field expedition, scientists discovered the remains of another so-called pliosaur which is ... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Legatus Legionis on 28 February, 2008, 14:08
Okay, I'll agree it is probably the largest Pliosaur, but it is NOT the largest Marine Reptile. That title is stiill firmly held by a nearly 70 foot Ichthyosaur found in British Columbia. But the Norwegian Plio probably gets the title of 'scariest looking big marine reptile' since Ichthyosaurs look like "fishy dolphins". ooohhh.. you know your reptiles very well.. I guess It's a new addition on my knowledge.
Comment icon #3 Posted by silentshadow on 28 February, 2008, 14:35
Indeed
Comment icon #4 Posted by Krayt12 on 28 February, 2008, 16:49
Aww, does that mean Lipleurodon isnt the biggest anymore? That was my favriot reptile from prehistory, before mankind!!! lol Haha found out I was wrong earlier This reptile is only 15m long, Lipleurodon was 25m/30-80ft long (woo!!) with some Megalodons found being 40-90ft long, even though Megaladon wasn't a reptile, it was a shark... Guess my favriot still wins I hope...
Comment icon #5 Posted by draconic chronicler on 28 February, 2008, 23:27
Aww, does that mean Lipleurodon isnt the biggest anymore? That was my favriot reptile from prehistory, before mankind!!! lol Haha found out I was wrong earlier This reptile is only 15m long, Lipleurodon was 25m/30-80ft long (woo!!) with some Megalodons found being 40-90ft long, even though Megaladon wasn't a reptile, it was a shark... Guess my favriot still wins I hope... Actually Lipeurodon was greatly esagerated in the "Walking with Dinosaurs" special. They made it look like it could swallow T-Rex whole. 50 feet is a record right now but kronosaurus and lipeurodon actually came close to the ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by mouse888 on 29 February, 2008, 2:22
t-rex of the ocean
Comment icon #7 Posted by Pavot on 29 February, 2008, 7:37
If this Beast The Monster was huge enough to be able to pick up and split a car in half, and they don’t say if that car is a Mini Cooper or a Cadillac Eldorado ether one a massive sized snack in its own right, I would sure like to know the circumference and length of its largest Tooth in both Inches and in Metrics and in comparison to the largest know Crocodile tooth of today. Does anyone have an Idea what a Saber tooth tigers Fang measured in at in both circumference and length, or a T-Rex? It would definitely be an interesting post write up to see what the actual biting capabilities were of ... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Krayt12 on 29 February, 2008, 20:40
Draconic Chronicler - Ohh right I didn't realise Lipleurodon and Megalodon were exagerated, lol Pavot - No idear bout the largest sizes but in a book + TV i read that Smilodon's Saber Teeth were apparently the same size or bigger than their shin bone - imagen that on us humans!! - Could be wrong though...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Pavot on 29 February, 2008, 21:58
Thanks Kracyt12 Below is Barrowed from evolutiondiary.com Saber-Toothed Cat Had Weak Bite, Digital Model Says October 2nd, 2007 • Despite its fearsome fangs, the saber-toothed cat Smilodon fatalis may have been a relatively wimpy biter—at least compared to modern-day lions. The prehistoric cat with the 6.5-inch (17-centimeter) chompers roamed the Americas as recently as 10,000 years ago, preying on bison, horse, and possibly even woolly mammoths. “Now computer modeling has revealed that the cat’s jaws could apply only about 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of pressure, said Colin McHenry, a doctoral... [More]


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