Swimming in the ocean today can give you face to face some pretty scary predators, but it is no match for what lurks under the waves millions of years ago. When they are barking of land now South America and Africa made their exodus from the super continent Gondwana hundreds of millions of years ago, the ocean filled the space between them home to some of the most awesome seas roots that the earth has ever seen.
Mosasaurs, which were long lizard-like aquatic animals with flippers and massive jaws, assumed the role of apex predators and ruled the garden for tens of millions of years. Now, like NPR Reports, New Mosaic Skeletons are about to go up at the Smithsonian exhibition due to the hard work of paleontologists who have scratched on rock in Africa for over a decade.
The fossils were found in Angola, located on the coast of South Africa, and researchers like Louis Jacobs from Southern Methodist University in Texas have long collapsed them for several years. The sad work has resulted in some truly amazing examples of one of the true "ocean monsters" in the earth's history. Their work will be set up for exhibition on Friday at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
The creatures were incredible animals, stretching up to 50 meters long, boasting three-foot long jaws lined with pointed teeth. It was built to reign its domain and could have sent almost all other animals. But that was not invincible.
One of the more interesting fossils discovered by palaeontologists is actually the remains of several mosasaurs. A larger test for two of their younger buyers, and the legs of both animals were found in the stomach of the larger creature. A cruel discovery to say the least, but there is more; dotting what would have been outside of the largest mosasaur's body is shark teeth.
No, the shark (or shark) did not send the massive dinosaur as there was no match for it. Instead, scientists believe that the shark scavenged the body after the housemate had died, the teeth of the mosasaur's body were interrupted when it worn away. Yes, the old ocean was a wild place.