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A massive 180-million-year-old sea dragon fossil has been discovered in Britain

BingMag.com A <b>massive</b> <b>180-million-year-old</b> <b>sea</b> <b>dragon</b> <b>fossil</b> has been <b>discovered</b> in Britain

Scientists have discovered the remains of a giant sea creature that lived in Britain 180 million years ago and is the largest and most complete fossil of this species found in Britain. The remains of a monster, a 10-meter-long sea dragon that swam in the sea about 180 million years ago when dinosaurs were alive, have been discovered in a nature reserve in England. "This is the largest and most complete fossil of its kind ever found in Britain," said Dean Lomax, a paleontologist and visiting professor at the University of Manchester. This discovery is truly unprecedented and one of the greatest discoveries in the history of British paleontology. But none have been as great as the current discovery. Actiosurs are an extinct order or large group of marine reptiles that evolved during the Triassic about 250 million years ago and, according to fossil finds, disappeared 90 million years ago in the late Cretaceous. They had long snouts and resembled modern-day dolphins. The newly discovered fossil belongs to a large species of ichthyosaur called the Temnodontosaurus trigonodon. The first time this species was seen in Britain, Joe Davis, head of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust conservation team, found it in the Rutland Nature Reserve in January 2021. Davis, along with Paul Trevor, who also works for the Wildlife Fund at the reserve, was evacuating a pond that emptied things like clay pipes into mud. They looked out and told the assassin that they looked like animal vertebrae. Had found. "We looked for something that no doubt looked like a spine, and then Paul discovered a part that could be a jawbone," he said. "It was unbelievable."

Archaeologists excavated the fossil between August and September 2021 (August and September), and even this discovery in recent days, in a TV series called "Digging for Britain" ) Was shown from BBC Two. However, archaeologists are still studying and protecting the iconic fossil, and scientific papers on it are set to be published in the future.


Source: Live Science

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