Thursday, 9 November 2017

Remains of 18-Foot-Long Sea Monster Found with Its Favorite Foods

By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | October 30, 2017 10:57am ET

An exquisitely preserved fossil of an ichthyosaur — a dolphin-like reptile that lived during the dinosaur age — found alongside the remains of hard-shelled ammonites is one of a kind: It's the only Jurassic ichthyosaur ever found in India, according to a new study.

The nearly 18-foot-long (5.5 meters) ichthyosaur lived during the Kimmeridgian, an age within the Jurassic period lasting from about 157 million to 152 million years ago, the researchers said.
The discovery "throws light on the evolution and diversity of ichthyosaurs in the Indo-Madagascan region," study lead researcher Guntupalli Prasad, a geologist at the University of Delhi, said in a statement.

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