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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 09:56 AM

Blood-Biting Tyrant: Previously Unknown Ancient Super Marine Predator Identified



Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have identified a previously unknown ancient ocean predator after analyzing a fossil that had spent over a century in the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow. The Times reports that the 165-million-year-old fossil was found in a clay pit near Peterborough in the early 1900s.

The 30-foot-long ancient predator has been named Tyrannoneustes lythrodectikos, which means "blood-biting tyrant swimmer." The ancient creature is a distant relative of crocodiles. In the sketch, the creature appears to resemble a cross between a crocodile and a dolphin or shark. BBC News reports that the creature's large graping jaw and serrated teeth would have enabled it to feed on larger prey.

Dr Mark Young, form the University of Edinburgh's School of GeoSciences, said in a statement, "It is satisfying to be able to classify a specimen that has been unexamined for more than 100 years, and doubly so to find that this discovery improves our understanding of the evolution of marine reptiles."

http://www.sciencespacerobots.com/blog/12720131

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 12:10 PM

1. A crocodile shark?!

 

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Response to Demo_Chris (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:45 AM

4. That has direct to DVD script written all over it.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:25 PM

2. THEY FOUND THE LOCH NESS MONSTER!

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 03:59 PM

3. I dunno...

Doesn't looking anything like that famous rubber bath toy.

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