Friday, February 29, 2008
Biggest sea reptile
A second large pliosaur has now been found on the Arctic island
The Monster's flipper alone measures 3m in length
Excavations have also yielded long-necked plesiosaurs
A fossilised "sea monster" unearthed on an Arctic island is the largest marine reptile known to science, Norwegian scientists have announced.
The 150 million-year-old specimen was found on Spitspergen, in the Arctic island chain of Svalbard, in 2006.
The Jurassic-era leviathan is one of 40 sea reptiles from a fossil "treasure trove" uncovered on the island.
Nicknamed "The Monster", the immense creature would have measured 15m (50ft) from nose to tail.