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It is a mosasaur, a reptile that dominated the seas 70 million years ago.
Canadian miners found the fossilized remains of an ancient sea monster during a search for precious stones in early June.
The group made efforts to find ammolite (a gem formed by fossilized shells) in the province of Alberta when they found the almost complete skeleton of a marine reptile known as mosasaur, probably of the genus Tylosaurus, which dominated the seas 70 million years ago. The area where it was found was covered with water during that time.
“We have everything from the head to the tip of the tail,” said Donald Henderson, curator of dinosaurs at the Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. The beast is between 6 and 7 meters long.
For his part, Dan Spivak, from the same institution, compared the mosasaur with a komodo dragon with a one meter skull and a dorsal snout with sharp teeth. “This is a completely extinct group of animals that has no living analogue,” said Spivak.
They also point out that it is not unusual to find this type of specimen in the area of Bearspaw, in southern Alberta, but they were surprised by the finding of this last fossil, which seems to have the head and part of the vertebrae and fins. The remains have been recovered by the museum.