Motorboat-Sized Predator Swam in Jurassic Scotland

January 12, 2015 12:01 AM

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Motorboat-Sized Predator Swam in Jurassic Scotland

A motorboat-sized beast that was at the top of its food chain 170 million years ago, is Scotland first known native marine reptile.

The formidable ocean predator, described in the latest issue of the Scottish Journal of Geology, might have munched on dinosaurs and sharks, since both also lived at or around what is now the Isle of Skye. The predator was an ichthyosaur, meaning an extinct marine reptile that had a pointy head, fou...

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