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Scientists Find Fossil of Ancient Sea Monster

by Tsing Mui on August 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska scientists have discovered the fossil of a rare, prehistoric marine reptile that is likely the most complete remnant of the creature ever found in North America.

The nearly complete fossilized skeleton is of a thalattosaur, a long-tailed sea creature that plied warm, shallow waters in the early days of dinosaurs and became extinct at the end of the Triassic period some 200 million years ago.


Photo: Patrick Druckenmiller/University of Alaska Museum of the North / Reuters

Posted in Aquatic News by Tsing Mui on August 1st, 2011 at 8:56 am.

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