An international team of paleontologists have discovered the jawbone of ancient marine reptiles, whose age reaches 205 million years. A fragment of the skeleton belongs to the giant ichthyosaur with a length of 26 meters, which is comparable with the average size of a blue whale. About it reported in a press release on EurekAlert!.
The remains of the animal were found in 2016 on the beach in the village of Lilstock in the British County of Somerset. Experts identified the specimen as bone of the lower jaw, called springware. Have compared it with fragments of the jaw of other ichthyosaurs, including Shonisaurus sikanniensis, which belongs to the family chastisable and reaches 21 meters in length.
The results of the comparison showed that the new species of ichthyosaur should be 25 percent larger. He lived during the late Triassic period (Mesozoic era) when the Earth was already inhabited by dinosaurs.
Like the remains scientists have found in the XIX century. So, in 1850, it was described a large bone age 208 million years, however, the researchers felt that it belonged to stegosaurs or sauropods. Although these fragments were lost, the researchers suggest that they were a part of a much larger animal than the ichthyosaur from Lilstock.
The blue whale is the largest animal currently living, and probably the largest of all that have ever existed on Earth. Mature specimens are up to 33 meters in length, and their weight can exceed 150 tons.
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