I guess the Engineers seeding life on Earth is out of the Equation.
It’s official: A giant, marine reptile that roamed the seas roughly 150 million years ago is a new species, researchers say. The animal, now named Pliosaurus funkei, spanned about 40 feet (12 meters) and had a massive 6.5-foot-long (2 m) skull with a bite four times as powerful as Tyrannosaurus rex.
“They were the top predators of the sea,” said study co-authorPatrick Druckenmiller, a paleontologist at the University of Alaska Museum. “They had teeth that would have made a T. rex whimper.”
Combined with other fossil finds, the newly discovered behemoth skeletons of P. funkei paint a picture of an ancient Jurassic-era ocean filled with giant predators.
In 2006, scientists unearthed two massive pliosaur skeletons inSvalbard, Norway, a string of islands halfway between Europe and the North Pole. The giant creatures, one of which was dubbed Predator X at the time, looked slightly different from other pliosaurs discovered in England and France over the last century and a half.
- Image Gallery: Ancient Monsters of the Sea (livescience.com)
- Paleontologists Reveal the Identity of ‘Predator X’ (wired.com)
- Palaeontologists identify the Predator X fossil (wired.co.uk)
- One of the most terrifying marine reptiles to ever appear on Earth finally has a name [Paleontology] (io9.com)
- Arthritisaurus: Did Elderly Dinos Get Inflamed Joints? (history.com)