"T-Rex of the Ocean" Fossil Found in the Arctic
The remains of a prehistoric monster, equivalent to the size of a bus, was found on a remote Arctic island and may be a species that has never before been recorded, startribune.com reports.
The fossils are believed to be that of a short-necked plesiosaur measuring more than 30 feet. It was a voracious reptile often described as the Tyrannosaurus Rex of the oceans.
The fossils were found on the Svalbard islands, 300 miles north of Norway, in August. The dig yielded the remains of teeth, skull fragments, and vertebrae of a reptile. It resembles the species that was found nearby only last year.
According to phys.org, the remains are over 150 million years old, when this region was under water.
"We think it is a species unknown until now. Our plesiosaur shows significant differences from those discovered in France and Britain," said Joern Hurum of Oslo University's paleontology department.
This species resembled a giant sea lion, with four fins and a snout similar to that of a crocodiles when living. The massive jaw of the animal could have swallowed a grown man in a single gulp according to the article on phys.org.
For this international science story I looked at startribune.com and phys.org to gain more insight into the story. The Star Tribune article was very short and just contained the base information, such as the size of the animal and where the fossils were found. However, it did include an artist's rendering of what the beast may have looked like. On phys.org, obviously the article was a lot longer and in turn contained a lot more information. This specific article had information on past plesiosaurs found as well as more in depth coverage on the species.