Bones of 30-foot Jurassic sea monster with & # 39; massive jaws & # 39; found in a corn field in Poland alongside mutilated remains of giant turtles and crocodile ancestors
- The bones from the Jurassic era belonged to a frightening aquatic animal called pliosaurs
- It was one of the greatest creatures of its time and was more than 30 feet long
- Paleontologists discovered bones in cornfield near Swietokrzyskie Mountains
The bones of a huge 150 million year old sea predator have been found in a corn field in Poland.
The bones from the Jurassic era belonged to a frightening creature called pliosaurs, were discovered by paleontologists in a corn field in the village of Krzyzanowice, close to the Swietokrzyskie Mountains.
The water predator was more than 30 feet tall and weighed a few tons, and was one of the greatest creatures of its time.
Paleontologist Dr. Daniel Tyborowski (right) of the Earth Museum of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw and Dr. Błażej Błażejowski of the Institute of Paleobiology (left) by a pliosaur replica
Roaming in the seas of Europe and South America during the late Jurassic period, the carnivorous pliosaurians fed all living creatures they encountered, evidenced by the drawn bones of giant turtles and huge 20-foot-long crocodile ancestors who are also on site found it.
During the Jurassic period, the area now located in Southeast Poland was an archipelago of tropical islands with warm lagoons and shallow sea waters, reports the Science in Poland website.
Paleontologist Dr. Daniel Tyborowski from the Museum of the Earth of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw said: & # 39; This environment was home to the marine reptiles we discovered.
Paleontologist Dr. Daniel Tyborowski (left) of the Museum of the Earth of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw and Dr. Błażej Błażejowski of the Institute of Paleobiology (center) with the bones
The bones from the Jurassic era belonged to a frightening creature called pliosaurs, were discovered by paleontologists in a corn field in the village of Krzyzanowice, close to the Swietokrzyskie Mountains
& # 39; They were more than 10 meters long and could weigh several tens of tons.
& # 39; They had powerful, large skulls and massive jaws with large, sharp teeth.
& # 39; Their limbs were in the form of fins.
& # 39; We found the bones of these pliosaurians in the north of the Swietokrzyskie Mountains. & # 39;
Paleontologist Dr. Daniel Tyborowski (left) and Dr. Błażej Błażejowski from the Institute of Paleobiology explain the findings at a media conference
He added that the discovery was extremely rare: "In Europe they have been discovered so far in only a few countries, but never in Poland," he said.
Dr. Tyborowski and Dr. Błażej Błażejowski published their findings in the Proceedings of the Geological Association journal, the scientists said the bones are similar to those found in Kimmeridge Clay in Great Britain and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic.
HOW BIG WERE THE PLIOSAURS?
It is believed that the legendary pliosaur is the very best predator of all time and could have eaten a T Rex for breakfast.
More than twice the size of an orca, the 8ft long jaw of the pliosaur was 4.5 times more powerful than a T-Rex.
They were more than 10 meters long and could weigh up to a few dozen tonnes.
It can easily swallow a human whole or bite a car in two if it is today.
In addition to the pliosaur bones, paleontologists also discovered various other animal species from the same period.
These include plesiosaurus (long-necked cousins and pluses), giant tortoises and ancestors of modern crocodiles reaching six meters in length.
Dr. Tyborowski said: & # 39; Sea turtles ate large snails, while they themselves fell prey to large crocodiles.
& # 39; We know this because we have found teeth left by those reptiles on turtles.
& # 39; The pliosaurians hunted all the animals whose fossils we have discovered on this site. & # 39;
A few hundred bones were discovered in total.
Dr. Tyborowski said the discovery of fossilized remains was just the beginning.
& # 39; We hope that the coming months and years will produce even richer material in the form of bones from large reptiles, & # 39; he said.
Fearsome: an artist & # 39; s impression of Predator X, which has now been fully studied and named Pliosaurus funkei by the team that first discovered the remains on the Arctic island of Svalbard
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