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Skull Of Jurassic Sea Creature Shows That Even Dinosaurs Had Arthritis
2012-05-16 10:28:45

Arthritis, an often debilitating joint disorder that affects millions and millions of people around the world, may have also caused pain and discomfort for dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles more than 150 million years ago, according to new research from the University of Bristol. Researchers, led by Bristol´s Dr. Judyth Sassoon, were fascinated to find a degenerative condition similar to arthritis in the jaw of a female pliosaur -- an ancient sea creature that lived during the Late...

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2010-12-23 08:55:00

An ultra-powerful CT scanner will be used to help determine whether or not a massive fossilized skull that was discovered in the UK belongs to a new species of aquatic predator. According to a Wednesday article by BBC News Science Reporter Rebecca Morelle, the 7.9-foot long skull was discovered recently along the Jurassic coast and belongs to a ferocious "sea monster" known as a pliosaur. The fossil in question could belong to one of the largest pliosaurs ever discovered. Pliosaurs lived in...

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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...

2009-03-21 15:00:23

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...

2009-03-17 10:42:00

HISTORY(TM) UNVEILS THE DISCOVERY OF One of the Largest OCEAN PREDATORS Ever Found, PREDATOR X 2-hour Special to premiere on Sunday, March 29 @ 8pm ET/PT Once-in-a-Lifetime Find in the Arctic Reveals a New Species - A Giant Jurassic-Age Pliosaur Estimated at 50 Feet Long...and 150 Million Years Old NEW YORK, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- On the remote archipelago of Svalbard, just 800 miles from the North Pole, a team of paleontologists has made a remarkable discovery. Led by Jorn Hurum from...

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2009-03-17 08:55:00

According to scientists, a giant sea monster fossil found in the Arctic could pack a bite that would make T-Rex look pathetic. This Jurassic era marine reptile, dubbed "Predator X," would have been nearly 50 ft long and would have had a bite force of 33,000 lbs per square inch according to the Natural History Museum of Oslo University. "With a skull that's more than 10 feet long you'd expect the bite to be powerful but this is off the scale," said Joern Hurum, professor of vertebrate...

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2008-02-27 00:05:00

Scientists from the University of Oslo announced their discovery of a fossilized, 150 million-year-old "sea monster" on Spitspergen, in the Arctic island chain of Svalbard. The 50 ft. sea reptile, nicknamed "The Monster", is the biggest on record, and is one of 40  such fossils discovered on the island.  A prior field expedition in the area revealed remains of another large pliosaur that is thought to be among the same species as "The Monster".   Dr. Jorn Hurum, the...

2007-12-04 12:27:11

OSLO, Norway (AP) - Remains of a bus-sized prehistoric "monster" reptile found on a remote Arctic island may be a new species never before recorded by science, researchers said Tuesday. Initial excavation of a site on the Svalbard islands in August yielded the remains, teeth, skull fragments and vertebrae of a reptile estimated to measure nearly 40 feet long, said Joern Harald Hurum of the University of Oslo. "It seems the monster is a new species," he told The Associated Press. The reptile...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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