Scientists discover amphibious 'sea monster' that fills evolutionary gap

November 7, 2014 3:33 PM

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Scientists have found a real, not-live "sea monster" they say finally fills an evolutionary gap between sea and land dwellers around the time of the dinosaurs. Cartorhynchus lenticarpus—imagine a dolphin with huge flippers and a short snout—made waves in what is now China 248 million years ago, National Geographic reports.

Most remarkable, however, is that researchers believe it's the first amphibious ichthyosaur, or "fish lizard," ever found. Scientists knew ichthyosaurs, which could grow to the length of a tractor-trailer, evolved from land to sea, but "an amphibious animal was somehow missing from the ichthyosaur r...

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