Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A seagoing titan from the past

A prehistoric reptile known as a pliosaur has been reconstructed from fossils found in Norway. The animal represents a new species - one about five meters longer than any previously known pliosaur. Everything about the animal is impressive. One flipper alone is three meters long, the teeth were the size of cucumbers, and the mouth, judging from the three-meter lower jaw, could have engulfed a modern rhinoceros.

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