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Re: Sea reptile is biggest on record
Even if the Liopleurodon segment in WWD (and other documentaries such as
Deadliest Seas) was largely in the realm of fantasy, recent finds and
possible finds in the future seem to point towards upper pliosaur size
approaching these dimensions. They're not so far off that stretch
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.
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? 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.