New Delhi: In a new find, a group of researchers from Argentina has discovered fossilized remains of a 150 million-year-old Plesiosaur that lived in the waters of Antarctica.
According to scientists, the giant prehistoric sea reptile is one of the most ancient creatures and was first discovered in the Antarctic peninsula, in a paleontological deposit located 113 kilometers southwest of Argentina’s Marambio Airbase.
The four-finned huge carnivorous marine reptile was almost 12 meters long and is said to live during the late Jurassic period, while some of them believe that plesiosaurs, the ancient reptile with a huge body, four powerful flippers and a long, winding neck survived in a lake in Scotland.
Moreover, the giant creature has a lot of similarities with the fabled Loch Ness Monster and was unearthed in the ancient frozen lake that might prove to be a site of vast paleontological wealth.
Talking about their ‘out of the ordinary’ findings, Soledad Cavalli, a paleontologist at Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council, The National University of La Matanza, near Brenos Airies said, “At this site, you can find a great diversity of fish, ammonites, some bivalves, but we did not expect to find such an ancient plesiosaur.”
“The discovery is pretty extraordinary, because the rock types at the site weren’t thought conducive to the preservation of bones, like the vertebrae of this marine reptile,” he added.
According to Cavalli, this is the first time ever that the surprising discovery has been documented while English antiquarian William Stukeley had published another scientifically documented discovery of a plesiosaur skeleton back in 1719.