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October 23, 2012

Giant reptile ruled the Jurassic seas


The Pliosaurus funkei fossils were just two of nearly 40 specimens discovered at the Svalbard site. The authors also describe two new ichthyosaurs, or dolphinlike reptiles, the longest-necked Jurassic-era plesiosaur on record, and several invertebrates.

Together, the fossils suggest an ancient Arctic sea teeming with fearsome predators and invertebrate fauna, study co-author Jorn Hurum of the University of Oslo said in an e-mail.

"It's not just that we found a new species — we've been discovering a whole ecosystem," Druckenmiller said.


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