First freshwater mosasaur discovered

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First freshwater mosasaur discovered
« on: December 20, 2012, 02:31:43 PM »
Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 23:33 in Paleontology & Archaeology
A new mosasaur species discovered in Hungary is the first known example of this group of scaled reptiles to have lived in freshwater river environments similar to modern freshwater dolphins, according to research published December 19 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Laszlo Makadi from the Hungarian Natural History Museum, Hungary and colleagues from the University of Alberta, Canada and MTA-ELTE Lendület Dinosaur Research Group, Hungary. The species lived about 84 million years ago, the largest specimens reached about 20 feet in length, and belongs to a family called 'mosasaurs', conventionally thought of as gigantic finned marine lizards, similar and perhaps even related to present day monitor lizards. The researchers discovered several fossils of the new species, ranging from small juveniles to large adults that suggest that this species had limbs like a terrestrial lizard, a flattened, crocodile-like skull, and a tail unlike other known members of the mosasaur family.

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Re: First freshwater mosasaur discovered
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 12:52:10 PM »
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Dr. A. Nayeem Faruqui
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