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Massive Sea Lizards Once Hunted Plesiosaurs in Antarctica

Massive Sea Lizards Once Hunted Plesiosaurs in Antarctica

Massive Sea Lizards Once Hunted Plesiosaurs in Antarctica
November 15
18:36 2016


Massive sea lizards once hunted plesiosaurs in Antarctica

Short Sharp Science

7 November 2016

Massive sea lizards once hunted plesiosaurs in Antarctica

Antarctica was once home to a 10-metre long sea monster that hunted the reptilian equivalent of whales at the end of the dinosaur age, scientists have discovered.

The mosasaur, a huge marine lizard with fearsome jaws and paddle-like limbs, lived 66 million years ago when Antarctica was much warmer than it is today.

A 1.2m long skull of one of the beasts was unearthed on Seymour Island off the Antarctic peninsular in 2010.

Scientists describing the find named the creature Kaikaifilu hervei, after a giant sea reptile featured in a native creation myth.

In the tradition of the Mapuche people from southern Chile and Argentina, the battle between Kai-Kai filu and his great rival, another demi-god reptile that ruled the land, shaped the world.

Kaikaifilu was the largest southern hemisphere mosasaur discovered to date.

It was about twice the size of the biggest creature of this type previously found in Antarctica, which had a skull 70cm long.

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