Scientists Discover A Prehistoric Marine Reptile In A Late Jurassic Marine Deposit

Scientists Discover A Prehistoric Marine Reptile In A Late Jurassic Marine Deposit

Scientists have found a new mysterious marine reptile, which might have existed 150 million years ago in a Late Jurassic deep marine deposit alongside the English Channel coastline in Dorset, England. The mysterious sea dragon has been known as the Thalassodraco Etchesi or Etches marine dragon. The findings of the study have shown that the species might have been able to dive to extreme depths. It has been identified to be a part of the group called the ichthyosaurs. Experts have said that the creatures from this group are streamlined predators from the Late Jurassic times. As per the study, this ichthyosaur has many traits, which makes it unique to be its own genus and species. The lead author of the study and Paleontologist Meghan L Jacobs has said that these creatures have been studied for over 200 years and the new Late Jurassic ichthyosaurs are quite rare in the United Kingdom. The author has said that they have understood that it is new almost instantly while studying the creatures. However, it has taken almost a year to thoroughly compare this one with all other Late Jurassic ichthyosaurs to confirm their instinct. At the end of the study, they have not been able to find a match.
As per the experts, the specimen of this creature has been discovered in 2009. Scientists have estimated that it has been around 6 feet long. Fossil collector Steve Etches has collected the specimen after a cliff has fallen along the seaside. Scientists have found that its extremely deep rib cage has some similarities with sperm whales, which might have led to its larges lungs and space; so internal organs are not crushed due to pressure. The newly discovered sea dragon might have had big eyes, which confirms that it would have allowed the creature to see in dim light as well. Scientists have said that its hundreds of tiny teeth show that it might have eaten squid and small fish. Completely smooth teeth make it unique. The lead author has said that this creature might have required air to breathe on surfaces and it might not have had scales. Experts have claimed there is little information available about this mysterious sea dragon. They have been dependent on fossils to make their assumptions. However, the marine world does not have anything like this at present. These creatures to adapt to being aquatic fully, they might have failed to go up to land to lay eggs and eventually evolved into bearing live young tail first.