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.

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