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Scientists have discovered a new marine reptile that lived 130 million years ago

Scientists have discovered a new marine reptile that lived 130 million years ago

The reptile or Ichthyosaur - meaning "lizard fish" in Greek - is believed to have swam in shallow water during the Cretaceous.

The fossils show that it was a large creature resembling a swordfish, with a long skull and many teeth!

The remains of the creature, which is believed to be one of the last surviving ichthyosaurs, were first found nearly 50 years ago, but have recently been re-examined by experts.

What did the scientists find?

A new study of the skull showed that it belonged to a completely new species that had not been seen before.

"We compared this animal with other Jurassic and Cretaceous ichthyosaurs and were able to identify a new species of ichthyosaurs," said Erin Maxwell of the Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History.

Paleontologist Hans Larsson from McGill University who studied the fossil said his unique teeth allowed him to eat large animals.

"While other ichthyosaurs had small teeth, the same size to feed on small game, this new species modified the size of the teeth and the space to build a tooth arsenal for sending large game, such as fish. large and other marine reptiles, "he added.

Researchers say this new discovery is helping them better understand the ichthyosaur family tree and see how the species evolved.

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