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SCI/TECH: New swimming Reptile Fossil in Arctic

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posted on Sep, 2 2004 @ 06:17 PM
A new species of reptile was found. It is about 16 feet long. It is a fish like lizard and it lived 160 million years ago. They were discovered in present day Germany. It's name is Ichthyosaur and it is a cross between a crocodile and dolphin. It has flippers but also a long tail.
OSLO, Norway (Reuters) -- Scientists have found a five-metre (16ft) fossil of a new species of fish-like lizard that swam the seas 160 million years ago when dinosaurs ruled on land.

The ichthyosaur -- a giant reptile with fins and big teeth -- was found with another 10 or so skeletons of creatures in a Jurassic graveyard on a Norwegian Arctic island about 1,600 km (1,000 miles) from the North Pole.

"We believe it's a new species of ichthyosaur," Joern Hurum, assistant professor at Oslo's Geological Museum, told Reuters on Thursday. The creature looked a bit like a cross between a crocodile and a dolphin.

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About 10 skeletons were found! Who knows what other fossils there are in the Artic!The primary food of this creature is squid.

[edit on 9-2-2004 by Valhall]


posted on Sep, 2 2004 @ 08:05 PM
Fascinating stuff... my Prehistoric Biology professor will be interested in this too.

I like to think that everything like that is long gone, but you never really know...

posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 12:44 AM
IT"S NESSIE!!! lol. but seriouly any pictures? it sounds really interesting

posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 09:22 AM
there is a crappy picture at this link

but also on this site you can by fossil from this creature on ebay

posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 04:03 PM
wow, that´s really awsome!

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