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Re: Sea reptile is biggest on record

hammeris1@bellsouth.net wrote:
So even if estimates of its length are more or less accurate,
the largest icthyosaur is not only longer but also will be more massive?

The artists rendition of said beast in last year's National Geographic
certainly put it in the Sperm whale class.
Depends on body proportions: length isn't everything. Physeter is pretty chunky.

Can anyone speculate if this find even outclasses the several undescribed
large pliosaur finds from the UK, which the WWD series ran away pell-mell
with on the Liopluridon segment "fantasy" segment?
Sure. S. sikanniensis is way bigger than the upper range of body sizes that can be speculated for UK pliosaur material ;-). Unless there's been some new material, it's difficult to stretch a length for a mega-pliosaur much past 15-16m, and I think even that could be pushing it.

I hope someone sends
the group of researchers on both these finds a pile of money so that work
could proceed quickly on getting some sort of descriptions published -
ancient marine reptiles are fascinating.

Great idea!

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