Unknown mosasaurus: paleontologists discover new species of ancient marine reptiles

Paleontologists have discovered new species of ancient marine mosasaurs

The paleontologists at the University of Albert discovered a new species of ancient marine reptile whose appearance is capable of instilling terror and fear. Such were the ancient mosasaurs that densely occupied a certain niche in the competitive marine ecosystem. They were predators and their demeanor left little chance for potential prey to survive. The new type of mosasaurus received the scientific name Gavialimimus almaghribensis, it is included in the catalog of ancient extinct creatures.

A professor Michael Caldwell noted that science currently has fossilized remains of several individuals. At one time, about 12 species of mosasaurs lived on the planet. They were huge reptiles with a crocodile-like snout. Mosasaurs were 17 meters long.

Their period of existence falls on the end of the Late Cretaceous era between 72 and 66 million years ago. To nowadays modern crocodiles have preserved similarities with their distant predecessors, they are expressed in a long narrow muzzle and interlocking teeth. The discovery of a new species adds data to the evolutionary processes on our planet.

The Earth seemed to be overrun with mega-predators competing with each other for food, space, and resources. The long snout of a mosasaur demonstrates its adaptation to a certain pattern of behavior of a powerful predator.

Having studied the fossilized skull of an identified ancient animal, the scientists concluded that it was a powerful predator, it was extremely difficult for other animals to compete with it. That giant marine reptile has easily adapted to changing conditions and foraging styles.

A long muzzle and interlocking teeth are a sign of hunting for both a sedentary prey and a fast-moving one. The jaw of a mosasaur also contains spherical teeth that allowed grinding solid food such as the shell of a turtle. It is possible that the mosasaurs competed in the external environment and among themselves, conquering territories and resources.