Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Discovered In China Is Missing Piece Of Evolutionary Puzzle

November 6, 2014 1:57 PM

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Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Discovered In China Is Missing Piece Of Evolutionary Puzzle

The first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur has been discovered in China, and the scientists who made the discovery say it fills a longstanding gap in the fossil record.

Paleontologists have long known that ichthyosaurs--dolphin-like "sea monsters" that lived from about 250 million years ago until about 90 million years ago--descended from similar reptiles that lived on land. But there was no fossil showing a transitional creature adapted for life on land as well as...

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