A 33-foot-long (10-meter-long) marine reptile from the dino-era sea creature group — called pliosaurs – has been unearthed at a 150-million-year-old graveyard recently on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard archipelago of Norway.
Dubbed by an artist brilliantly in the ‘National Geographic’ site, the Monster shown here leaps from the water to snare a smaller reptile known as a plesiosaur.
The Norwegian islands lie about 600 miles (966 kilometers) from the North Pole.
The final resting place of the fossil — Monster on the island of Spitsbergen – has been traced by an outline of small rocks. The labels in the picture show the place where different parts of the massive pliosaur have been revealed in the shale.
This is the skull of an ichthyosaur — a marine reptile resembling a dolphin. It is prepared for study after been found in the Arctic island chain of Svalbard.
The artist’s interpretation shows the monster in action, hunting a pair of ichthyosaurs.
Source: National Geographic News
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