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240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Macsjebs: 7:16pm On Aug 21, 2020
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About 240 million years ago a 15ft long dolphin-like sea lizard gorged on a 12ft reptile and its bones have have been found in the remains of the giant beast's stomach.

The exact cause of death is unknown, according to a team from the University of California, Davis, but analysis reveals the predator died shortly after its enormous meal.

This prehistoric ichthyosaur had jaws powerful enough to rip the smaller marine lizard to pieces before eating it and researchers say 'it started in the middle'.

This is the largest fossil ever found inside another creature, according to the team behind the discovery, who said it took several years before they accepted the find.

The species, Guizhouichthyosaurus, a type of marine lizard was unearthed at a quarry in southwestern China in 2010 with the smaller thalattosaur lizard in its stomach.

Ichthyosaurs were a group of marine reptiles that appeared in the oceans after the Permian mass extinction, about 250 million years ago.

They had fish-like bodies similar to modern tuna, but breathed air like dolphins and whales and like modern great white sharks - it's believed they were apex predators.

Co-author Professor Ryosuke Motani, said despite this theory there had been no direct evidence that the species actually was an apex predator - until they studied the remains.

'We always guessed from tooth shape and jaw design that these predators must have fed on large prey - but now we have direct evidence that they did,' Motani said.

'Our ichthyosaur's stomach contents weren't etched by stomach acid, so it must have died quite soon after ingesting this food item.'

The researchers spent years visiting the dig site where the remains were found - looking at the same specimens - until they believed what they were seeing.

On examination, they identified the smaller bones as belonging to another marine reptile, Xinpusaurus xingyiensis, which belonged to a group called thalattosaurs.

Xinpusaurus was more lizard-like in appearance than an ichthyosaur, with four paddling limbs - found still attached to its body inside the larger beasts stomach.

This showed the predator's last meal was the thalattosaur's middle section - from its front to back legs. It had been snapped in three. Its head has not been found.

Their small, peg-like teeth had previously been thought to be adapted for grasping small, soft prey such as the squid-like animals abundant in the oceans at the time.

Carnivores that consume large animals are often assumed to have huge teeth adapted for slicing them up - but this discovery suggests that isn't always the case.

Prof Motani said Guizhouichthyosaurus used its inch-long teeth to grip its prey - perhaps breaking the spine with the force of its bite before ripping it apart.

Modern apex predators such as orca and crocodiles use a similar strategy.

Stomach contents are rarely found in marine fossils - leaving researchers to rely on tooth and jaw shapes to estimate what prehistoric species feasted on.

Prof Motani said: 'Now we can seriously consider they were eating big animals - even when they had grasping teeth - suggesting the cutting edge was not crucial.

'It's pretty clear that this animal could process this large food item using blunt teeth.'

The team no know the ichthyosaur killed rather than scavenge and could eat animals larger than a human - and almost as big as itself.

'We now have a really solid articulated fossil in the stomach of a marine reptile for the first time,' explained Professor Motani.

The team is still excavating the site where the pair of fossils were found - which has now been turned into a museum - they've been digging there for a decade.

'At this point, it's beyond our initial expectations, and we'll just have to see what we'll discover next.'

The findings have been published in the Cell journal iScience.
Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8647513/A-15-foot-ichthyosaur-lived-240-million-years-ago-died-eating-12-foot-long-reptile.html

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by starbuck(f): 7:59pm On Aug 21, 2020
Op, I love your threads but hate the fact that you buy these exaggerated years internet keep dishing out




Modified


Meanwhile, i am enjoying the mentions tongue tongue tongue

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by ReorxTohGan(m): 8:06pm On Aug 21, 2020
they have come again!!

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Macsjebs: 8:44pm On Aug 21, 2020
starbuck:
Op, I love your threads but hate the fact that you buy these exaggerated years internet keep dishing out
Thanks Ma'am
Don't really buy them sha, but learn from them, anything is learnable and without sentiments
No worries, may not even get to promise land

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Nobody: 9:35pm On Aug 21, 2020
starbuck:
Op, I love your threads but hate the fact that you buy these exaggerated years internet keep dishing out

grin. I dont fall for these things

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by EXLOVER(m): 9:58pm On Aug 21, 2020
Oyibo keep deceiving others not me, they can detect the age of bone that have stayed up to 250 million years. But to them this guy is 19years. If them test this my guy bone it will be like 38years.

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Legalcriminal: 9:58pm On Aug 21, 2020
Wontunde.
250million haaa please does anyone have the idea how this year figure is calculated.

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by ArisingStorm: 9:59pm On Aug 21, 2020
Lies!!!
Scam!!!

Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter etc : they are all names of gods o grin and yet NASA is still giving us top quality entertainment scam, a well financially sponsored scam. And Hollywood and media too are perfectly brainwashing the masses. They quickly brainwash us with western education at a tender age so our mind remains sealed and closed to real truth. They will go to any length to make us not believe the existence of The Creator of all things.

Abeg, people that don't like scam, research this, knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave :
The Hidden origin of science
The Satanist Scientist
The Foundations of the earth is firm and immovable
The Firmament

See another scam below. (Image) grin

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Kemight15: 9:59pm On Aug 21, 2020
This people again

Are they saying the lizard is the last thing he ate

What about other food, did other food digest and leave other

I won't be surprise if they claim they see the bush meat my late grandmother ate before her death still intact in her stomach

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by EyezofGod120: 9:59pm On Aug 21, 2020
grin wetin righteous guy no go see for revelation

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Geestarry(f): 9:59pm On Aug 21, 2020
Wow
Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by tillaman(m): 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
As far as say na China I nor go put mouth
Big ups to the discovery team though

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Imustreturn(m): 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
Chai grin
Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by GOFRONT(m): 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
Na so dem go dey dish out years in Millions like Magu dey dish out Naira in Millions

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Skepticus: 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
starbuck:
Op, I love your threads but hate the fact that you buy these exaggerated years internet keep dishing out

Stop gaslighting Macjebs

Work on your ignorance of science and scientific processes!

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by tfash96(m): 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
240 million years old kee you there.. How old is Adam sef if he's still alive including Eve

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Ogonimilitant(m): 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
They should keep lying. All for Tourism

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by kokakola: 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
My feeling is telling me this OP is the guy with Explorer monicker.

Anyway, your thread are insightful and full of Knowledge. Thanks for sharing and please don't relent!

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Sososo(f): 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
240 million for this Earth abi na another planet

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by RichDad1(m): 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
Archeology!!
Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Zimri(m): 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
cheesy

Macsjebs - The man of million years shocked shocked

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by femmyapson(m): 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
this space is booked for righteousness89

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Amspecial: 10:00pm On Aug 21, 2020
grin
Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by GingerBreadMan: 10:01pm On Aug 21, 2020
GingerBreadMan:
Surprised the Chinese have not chopped the exotic delicacy yet ...
Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by femmyapson(m): 10:01pm On Aug 21, 2020
kokakola:
.1
2 3 4 5 6 7....mtshw

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by stonemind(f): 10:01pm On Aug 21, 2020
So?

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Nobody: 10:01pm On Aug 21, 2020
Macsjebs:

Thanks Ma'am
Don't really buy them sha, but learn from them, anything is learnable and without sentiments
No worries, may not even get to promise land

The African mind has been so programmed with the white or Arab mans religion, that his brain cannot process anything that does not conform with that narrative no matter the scientific evidence you provide.

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by Reelafonja(m): 10:01pm On Aug 21, 2020
Make I wait for elders before I talk

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by ossaisly(m): 10:01pm On Aug 21, 2020
the only thing i want to learn here is how is a million year known or determined?

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Re: 240-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed In China, Has Giant Lizard In Belly by paulolee(m): 10:02pm On Aug 21, 2020
240 million?? azin two hundred and forty million years?? that means this existed before the days of adam and abraham na..

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