Archeology News Ancient Sea Monster Rules The Ocean About 8 Million Years Ago During Dinosaur Era
About 80 million years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, then someone else’s rule was in the water. It would not be wrong to call a sea creature named Mosasaur a ‘demon’ because its 18-foot-long size and sharp teeth that could destroy the prey were just like any monster. This creature was found in western Kansas, America.
The fossil was discovered in the 70s
Its remains were discovered by archaeologists in the 1970s but they had difficulty identifying it. So he stored it, along with other mosasaur specimens in the genus Platecarpus, at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History (FHSM) at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Recently, scientists revisited fossils such as the skull, jaws and some bone fragments from the back of the head and found that the reptile did not belong to the genus Platycarpus.
The sample got the name of a rare species
New investigation revealed that it was a very close relative of a rare mosasaur species. The new species, previously known as sample FHSM VP-5515, has now been named Ectenosaurus everhartorum. It is the second known species in Ectenosaurus. Apart from this, the only other species is Ectenosaurus Clidastoides, which was discovered after investigation in 1967.
Two feet long head and thin mouth
The head of this creature was about 2 feet long. Like other mosasaurs, its mouth was also thin and long. Research co-author Takuya Konishi has given information about this. He is a Vertebrate Paleontologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati.
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