August 20, 2020

Monster munch: Ancient marine reptile died after dining on fellow titan

Washington (AFP) – More than 230 million years ago, a giant, dolphin-like marine reptile known as an ichthyosaur devoured its final meal — a creature almost its own size — then died a short time later.Inside its belly was the body of a lizard-like aquatic reptile called a thalattosaur, shorn of its head and long tail but undigested.Paleontologists digging in a quarry in southwestern China were surprised to discover the remains in 2010: it’s almost unheard of to find the stomach contents of marine fossils.A decade on, in a paper published in iScience Thursday, researchers concluded that rathe…


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