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2011-08-12 05:32:35

According to a paper to be published on August 12, 2011, in Science magazine, researchers discovered that the fossilized remains of a large aquatic dinosaur reveal the creature gave birth to live young, rather than laying eggs. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County contains a 15.4 foot-long adult specimen of a Polycotylus latippinus, a large, carnivorous sea reptile known as a plesiosaur. This particular specimen shows a complete, developing embryonic skeleton within the skeleton...

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2009-10-28 05:50:00

British authorities reported that the fossilized skull of a giant sea monster has been discovered off England's Jurassic coast. The ruthless predator, called a pliosaur, once dominated the oceans 150 million years ago. The creature"Ëœs skull, which experts say could belong to one of the largest pliosaurs ever unearthed, had a skull almost 8 feet long and had an overall length of up to 52 feet. A local collector found the fossil, which has been bought by the Dorset County Council...

2008-08-29 15:15:00

A 11-meter-long fossil estimated to be 80 million years old has been unearthed in western Canada, scientists announced Thursday. Canadian Fossil Discovery Center said the ancient sea creature, unearthed Wednesday at a site in Morden in Manitoba province, has been the biggest fossil find in the province in nearly 30 years. The mosasaur, dubbed Angus, is the second important discovery by the center in Manitoba. A 13-meter-long specimen named Bruce was found in 1974 near just south of where...

2008-03-25 12:00:24

Canadian scientists have identified one of North America's oldest and most complete plesiosaur fossils, and the oldest yet from the Cretaceous Period. University of Calgary paleontologists said the fossil, representing a new genus of the prehistoric aquatic predator, was uncovered in 1994 at a Syncrude Canada Ltd. mine near Fort McMurray in Alberta. Former UC graduate student Patrick Druckenmiller and biological sciences Professor Anthony Russell named the 8 1/2-foot-long plesiosaur...

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2006-12-11 18:55:00

WASHINGTON - The bones of a baby plesiosaur have been recovered from an Antarctic island, scientists reported Monday. In life, 70 million years ago, the five-foot-long animal would have resembled Nessie, the long-necked creature reported to inhabit Scotland's Loch Ness. The new fossil skeleton is one of the most complete of its type ever found, researchers said. It will go on display Wednesday at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology's Museum of Geology. Plesiosaurs lived for...

2006-11-07 08:31:15

LEWISTOWN, Mont. (AP) - A retired pastor and his son unearthed the skull and lower jaw of a sea reptile believed to be about 70 million years old, Montana State University said. The find northeast of here represents the first complete skull of a long-necked plesiosaur discovered in Montana, and one of the best specimens of its kind in North America, MSU researchers said. "It's a very important specimen," MSU paleontologist Jack Horner said. "We have been looking for it for a long, long...