Swimming in the ocean today could put you face to face with some pretty scary predators but they do not match what floated under the waves of tens of millions of years. When parts of a country now South America and Africa made their exits out of the Gondwana supercontinent more than a hundred million years ago, the ocean that filled the space between them became home to some of the cruelest ocean predators the Earth had ever seen,
Mosasauri, who were long, aquarium-like animals with lice and peripatetic jawbones, assumed the role of a top predator and ruled the seas of tens of millions of years. Now, like NPR reports, the new skeleton mosasaur will soon go to the Smithsonian show thanks to the pioneering work of paleontologists who have been rocking in rock for more than a decade in Africa.
Fossils have been found in Angola, located on the coast of South Africa, and researchers such as Louis Jacobs from Southern Methodist University in Texas have been slowly joining them for years. Unreasonable acts have resulted in some truly astonishing examples of one of the true "sea monsters" in the Earth's history. Their work will be set for Friday's show at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Things were incredible beasts, stretching up to fifty feet long and boasting three feet of jaws coated with pointed teeth. It was built for the domination of its domain and would be able to ship just about any other animal at will. But that was not invincible.
One of the more interesting fossils discovered by paleontologists is actually the remains of several mosasaurs. A larger copy of the dishes are two of their younger peers, and the bones of both animals were found in the belly of a larger creature. Huge discovery to say the least, but there are more; doting what would be the exterior of the biggest mosasaur body is the teeth of the sea dog.
No, the shark (or shark) did not send a massive dinosaur because it did not fit. Instead, researchers believe that the sea chicken removed the corpse after the behemoth died, avoiding the teeth in the body of Mosasaur while shredding chunks. Yes, the ancient ocean was a wild place.