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U of an alumni helps to identify baby sea monster

Alumni from the University of Alberta are credited by identifying the world's smallest Tylosaurus sample. Tylosaurus, found in Kansas, died…

Alumni from the University of Alberta are credited by identifying the world’s smallest Tylosaurus sample.

Tylosaurus, found in Kansas, died 85 million years ago, shortly after it was born. It made it difficult to identify, as it had not yet developed an adult’s characteristic snout and teeth.

“After looking at the 2004 trial for the first time, it also took me almost 10 years to think outside of box and realize what it really was, a baby Tylosaurus still developing such a mess,” says Takuya Konishi, leading author on the study.

AU of a scientific alumni now teaching at the University of Cincinnati, said Konishi Light continued when he saw another monasaur sample.

“Some legs looked very similar to the baby’s mosasaurs,” he told the CBC from a conference in New Mexico on Friday.

“It’s a big story about the ugly ankling. It was not a graceful swan yet, it looks like a strange beauty.”

Tylosaurus was one of the larger monasaurs swimming in the garden millions of years ago. Renderings of adults show a creature that looks like a blend between a crocodile, a worm and a fish, or a big and scary platypus.

A working 3D model of a Tylosaurus from the interactive biosphere on the One Ocean website. 0:30

“This is a lizard, so [like] Kimodo dragons or snakes we have today, it’s the same type of scaly reptile,” said Konishi. “It’s basically a sea-lizard lizard with big flipper and big shark like swan fin.”

An adult Tylosaurus could reach a length of 1

3 meters and had powerful jaws and big teeth, a sea monster that would give the most hardened sailor. A bad fall of thalassophobia (a fear of sea voyage).

“It’s even bigger than killer whales today,” said Konishi. “Killer whales are no more than 10 meters.”

Konishi is optimistic, the Finn will give greater interest to the great sea peasants.

“I hope this means that more people would be interested in the ocean reptiles that lived next to dinosaurs during the dinosaurs, and just to appreciate how rich the diversity was.”

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