Lorrainosaurus: Ancient sea monster remains reveal oldest mega-predatory pliosaur

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Source: The post is based on the articleLorrainosaurus: Ancient sea monster remains reveal oldest mega-predatory pliosaur” published in “ScienceDaily” on 31st October 2023

Why in the News?

Researchers have discovered the oldest-known mega-predatory pliosaur called Lorrainosaurus in northeastern France. 

What is Lorrainosaurus?


Lorrainosaurus is the oldest large-bodied pliosaur.The fossils of Lorrainosaurus were discovered in 1983.

What is Pliosaur?

What are theyMarine Reptiles
Lived during early Middle Jurassic period (200 million years ago)
Characteristics1.Short necks, large conical teeth and massive skulls.
2.Evolved into major marine predators of their time similar to today’s Killer whales
SignificanceThey were one of the largest aquatic carnivorous reptiles that have ever lived and were often referred to as sea monsters.

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