Rex of the oceans' fossil found in Arctic: researchers

12 December 2007 | 03:48 Code : 16227 Geoscience events
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Norwegian researchers have discovered a second rare fossil in the Arctic of....

  Norwegian researchers have discovered a second rare fossil in the Arctic of a pliosaur; a giant reptile described by experts as the "T-Rex of the oceans", the project leader said Tuesday. It is a species unknown until now. Our pliosaur shows significant differences from those discovered in France and Britain," Joern Hurum of OsloUniversity's paleontology department told AFP. The fossil, including parts of the skull, was discovered during a dig this past summer in the Svalbard archipelago, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the North Pole. The bones were found near those of a first pliosaur fossil found a year earlier. Paleontologists had hoped to find the first animal's entire skeleton -- it is believed to have been 10 meters (33 feet) long and weigh between 10 and 15 tonnes (11 and 16.5 US tons) -- but uncovered only large fragments, including its ribcage, a shoulder and leg. Pliosaurs lived about 150 million years ago, when the Svalbard region was under water, and swam the seas at the same time as dinosaurs dominated the land.

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