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Britain: An 11-year-old boy discovered fossils of the largest marine reptile ever to exist

Britain: An 11-year-old boy discovered fossils of the largest marine reptile ever to exist

Ichthyotitan severnensis is estimated to have been about 25 meters long.

Britain: An 11-year-old boy discovered fossils of the largest marine reptile ever to exist

An 11-year-old child in Britain discovered fossils of the largest marine reptiles that lived in the era of dinosaurs.

When dinosaurs walked the land, huge marine reptiles swam the oceans. Among them is a type of ichthyosaur that was about 25 meters long.

Experts say the fossils, discovered by an 11-year-old girl and her father on a beach in Somerset, are some of the largest marine reptiles that ever lived. It is believed that the fossils belong to a type of ichthyosaur. A prehistoric marine reptile that lived in the era of dinosaurs. The newly discovered species is believed to have lived in the seas near the end of the Triassic Period, about 202 million years ago.

Dr Dean Lomax, Robbie Reynolds, Justin Reynolds and Paul De La Salle (from left) present the digs in 2020.

Scientists have named the marine reptile the “Giant Sea Lizard of the Severn Sea” (or “Ichthyotitan severnensis”). “This giant likely represents the largest officially recorded marine reptileDr Dean Lomax, a paleontologist at the University of Bristol and author of the study, said comparisons with fossils of other ichthyosaurs suggest the creature was about 25 meters long, about the size of a blue whale.

He added: “Of course we have to be careful with such estimates because we are dealing with giant bone fragments.” “But the simple method of measurement is still commonly used to estimate size, especially when comparable materials are scarce.” The team says fossil samples indicate that the creature was still growing.

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“We believe that these ichthyosaurs are the last members of the family Shastasauridae, which They disappeared during the mass extinction of dinosaurs at the end of the TriassicDean Lomax said.

With information from The Guardian, NPR