T-Rex Of The Sea Bones Unearthed By Scientists In Manitoba, Canada

By on Jul 20, 2011 in Animals, Archaelogy, North America, Science, World Comments

Two mosasaurs, a huge reptile known as the “T-Rex of the sea“, have been unearthed by scientists from the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba, Canada, several Canadian news sites reported on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

Bruce The Mosasaur, T-Rex of the Sea
Bruce – The Mosasaur
Credit: The Canadian Press / John Woods

Mosasaurs were said to be scaly skinned, air-breathing, flesh-eating lizards which swam in an inland sea during the Cretaceous Period, between 65 million and 135 million years ago. The monitor lizard of Asia and Africa was said to be considered as its closest living relative.

According to reports, the recent unearthed bones of the prehistoric sea creature were some 80 million years old.

Reports further said that these two mosasaurs were only the latest of the series of mosasaurs discovered in Canada. Mosasaurs have been unearthed in Canada in 1974, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Moreover, a prehistoric squid and bird fossils were also uncovered in the same dig site in southern Manitoba, providing scientists new insight into what Western Canada was like 80 million years ago.

Curator Anita Janzic reportedly said that they expect to keep working at the southwestern Manitoba dig site for several years and will continue to record their findings for academic journals.

“We are finding layer upon layer of exciting fossil discoveries,” Janzic was quoted saying.

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