Guntupalli V.R.Prasad

Rare Jurassic sea monster unearthed in India

Fifteen hundred hours of digging into northwest India’s sedimentary rock has brought forth the nearly complete skeleton of a 150-million-year-old ichthyosaur—a marine reptile that roamed the seas in the age of dinosaurs, National Geographic reports. This Jurassic fossil, the first of its kind for India, suggests that ichthyosaurs were more widespread than previously thought, researchers reported this week in PLOS ONE. That’s because most ichthyosaur bones from this period have been found in regions farther north like Europe and North America.

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