Image of the day: Sea monster imagined

Posted on | October 27, 2009 | No Comments

Ploiosaur attacking. Picture: University of Oslo, Norway, via the Guardian

An artist's impression of a 45-ton pliosaur attacking a somethingelse-osaur. Picture: Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway. For the history of the first discovery of a skull of the 'T-Rex of the ocean' in the Arctic permafrost in 2008, more scary artist's impressions of underwater attacks and first class paleontological fun, click on the pliosaur to be taken to the Oslo Natural History Museum. Fear not, the text is in English.

The fossilized skull of a “sea monster,” which may be the largest of its type ever found, has been unearthed on the Dorset coast, reports the London Guardian today. From the report:

“These creatures were monsters,” said David Martill, a paleontologist from the University of Portsmouth.

“They had massive muscles on their necks, and you would have imagined that they would bite into the animal and get a good grip, and then with these massive neck muscles they probably would have thrashed the animals around and torn chunks off.

“It would have been a bit of a blood bath.”

For a nice Guardian graphic of the animal plus a map showing where the skull was found, click here.

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