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New Jurassic Monster Found On Svalbard, Norway

Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:39 pm

New Jurassic monster found on Svalbard


From Arctic Soil, Fossils of a Goliath That Ruled the Jurassic Seas



There were monstrous reptiles in the deep, back in the time of dinosaurs.


They swam with mighty flippers, two fore and two hind, all four accelerating on attack. In their elongated heads were bone-crushing jaws more powerful than a Tyrannosaurus rex’s. They were the pliosaurs, heavyweight predators at the top of the food chain in ancient seas.

Much of this was already known. Now, after an analysis of fossils uncovered on a Norwegian island 800 miles from the North Pole, scientists have confirmed that they have found two partial skeletons of a gigantic new species, possibly a new family, of pliosaurs.

Apparently it had a bite force of about 33,000 pounds — more than 10 times that of any animal alive today and 2 to 4 times the bite force of T. rex.


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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/17/sc...html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=Svalbard&st=cse

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RE: New Jurassic Monster Found On Svalbard, Norway

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RE: New Jurassic Monster Found On Svalbard, Norway

Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:48 pm

Where is the location exactly? I'm surprised, because from what I remember most of Scandinavia is very old pre-cambrian rock or plutonic rocks like granite, with very few newer sediment layers (which are the only rocks where you can find fossils in).
I always thought that Scandinavia was pretty much fossil free.

Maybe Baroque (or resident geologist) can chime in.

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RE: New Jurassic Monster Found On Svalbard, Norway

Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:53 pm

Looks like they didn't co-exist with the megalodon, which appeared to have lived much more recently, but that would have made for some great action. Big grin
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RE: New Jurassic Monster Found On Svalbard, Norway

Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:12 pm

The location is Svalbard an arctic archipelago in the Arctic ocean off mainland Norway:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard


Svalbard is part of the Kingdom of Norway.
 
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RE: New Jurassic Monster Found On Svalbard, Norway

Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:18 pm

Discovered by a Norwegian team in 2008


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RE: New Jurassic Monster Found On Svalbard, Norway

Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:41 pm



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 2):
Where is the location exactly? I'm surprised, because from what I remember most of Scandinavia is very old pre-cambrian rock or plutonic rocks like granite,

If I'm remembering the geological maps correctly form my camping trip in Svalbard (fellow traveler Birdwatching may know more on this) the islands actually originated somewhere South of the equator and slowly moved Northwards over tens of millions of years. This also explains the incredibly rich coal reserves (former marshes/forests IIRC) which can be found in the strata, so I presume that at some point the landmass was completely underwater.


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