Fossil Of Full Plesiosaur Discovered – Dates Back 200-Million-Years

June 1, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – The remains of a 200-million-year-old Plesiosaur have been found encased in limestone in Dorset, England.

The impressive find has given archaeologists a full set of bones reconstruct, an extremely rare occurrence, as only a few partial and complete remains of this species has ever been found.

The twelve-foot creature shows clearly the combination of sharp teeth, strong jaw, long neck, and flippers that make this water-dwelling creature so unique to other dinosaurs.

The discovery was made by excavation team Tracey Marler, and Chris Moore, starting first from one bone, and leading to an entire skeleton in the English Channel.

“Some of the back bones were completely in place where they should be and the neck bone was there as well,” Moore was quoted as explaining in the Telegraph.

“You could see some of the bones had actually been chewed up a bit. There are teeth marks and you can see how the skeleton had been torn apart by some other nasty marine reptile.”

So far about two-thirds of the skeleton has been reconstructed.


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One Response to “Fossil Of Full Plesiosaur Discovered – Dates Back 200-Million-Years”

  1. PaoloV on June 2nd, 2009 5:58 am

    It would be interesting to know the species name and a reference for where the information has been published. BTW it will be (or certainly should be) palaeontologists rather than archaeologists looking at this material, and plesiosaurs are not dinosaurs – they are much more closely related to lizards. Oops, it appears that the pedants are revolting – I’ll shut up and go away now…

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