March 21, 2009

Predator X found in arctic ice

Norwegian scientists say they've found Predator X, a Jurassic era pliosaur that likely terrorized the seas 147 million years ago.

The 50-foot, 45-ton flippered dinosaur was found buried on an arctic island last summer and announced by its discoverers Monday, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported this week. The skull is twice the size of a Tyrannosaurus rex and its jaws were four times as powerful -- strong enough bite a car in half, the British newspaper said Tuesday.

Scientists say it is believed to be the most dangerous predator ever known to have existed.

A team at the Natural History Museum in the University of Oslo is reconstructing more than 20,000 bone fragments found on an island in the Svalbard archipelago, a group of islands located between Norway and the North Pole, the Mirror said.