Mosasaurs Gave Birth to Live Offspring at Sea, Research Unveils

April 12, 2015 5:22 AM

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Mosasaurs were large marine reptiles which ruled the sea during the era of dinosaurs and became extinct about 65 million years ago. They could grow up to a length of 50 feet and gave birth to live offspring at sea, as per a new study. Specimens of young mosasaurs have been identified recently at the Yale Peabody of Museum of Natural History by the researchers from Yale University and the University of Toronto. The fossils were originally misidentified as birds. However, now their proper identification has unveiled several details about the legendary aquatic predators. The study has appeared in the journal Palaeontology.

Daniel Field, lead author of a study and a doctoral candidate in the lab of Jacques Gauthier in Yale’s Department of Geology and Geophysics stated “Mosasaurs are among the best-studied groups of Mesozoic vertebrate animals, but evidence regarding how they were born and what baby mosasaur ecology was...

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