Rare fossil of sea reptile,”Thalattosaur” found in Alaska (Photo)

By on Jul 30, 2011 in Archaelogy, North America, Science, World Comments

Rare fossil of the sea reptile
Image Credit: Reuters/Patrick Druckenmiller

The fossil of a rare, prehistoric marine reptile called thalattosaur, a long-tailed sea creature which was likely the most complete relic of the creature ever found in North America has been discovered by Alaskan scientists, as shown in the photo above.

According to international reports on Friday, July 29, 2011, the long-tailed sea creature lived in warm and low waters in the early days of dinosaurs, but became extinct at the end of the Triassic period some 200 million years ago.

The Museum of the North at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks declared the discovery of the fossil which was found during an extreme low tide along the shore of the Tongass National Forest.

“We were just having our morning coffee out on the outcropping when somebody said, ‘What’s that?” U.S. Forest Service’s Tongass geologist Jim Baichtal was quoted on reports on Thursday, who was part of the discovery team.

“In North America, this may be the most articulated specimen that we have right now,”Mr. Jim Baichtal added.

The nearly full skeleton specimen, which was spotted by the geologists when they had been accomplishing field surveys at the site, was said to be different from most of the Thalattosaur discoveries that were fossilized remnants of individual bones and bone parts.

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