Tuesday, March 24, 2009


The biggest marine reptile on record is a 21m-long ichthyosaur which I blogged about last year but this giant fossil of 15 metres long had a bite force of about 16 tonnes, enough to crush four wheel drive car.

The creature's partial skull was dug up in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. The Norwegian-led team from the University of Oslo's Natural History Museum thinks it might belong to a new species of pliosaur, a group of large, short-necked reptiles and that "Predator X" lived in the ocean 147 million years ago.

Researchers say the shape and proportional size of the brain resembles that of a great white shark.


Jayne said...

Isn't he just gorgeous ?!

WV = sharkah

JahTeh said...

The first one they found was called 'the monster' and they thought that could chomp a small car but they've thought upwards with this one.

Blogger is watching.

Middle Child said...

Wow...a shark on super steroids...a bit of a mean bugger but then he had to eat as well as do we all.