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oldest and most complete plesiosaur fossil
Lest we forget the fossil in fossil fuel, scientists have announced a new
discovery: The oldest and most complete plesiosaur fossil, dragged out of
the Alberta oil sands.
Dug up 14 years ago, the Cretaceous Period fossil was only just formally
described in the German journal Palaeontographica Abteilung A.
Name: Nichollsia borealis, named for renowned paleontologist Elizabeth
(Betsy) Nicholls, who is credited with transforming the understanding of
prehistoric ocean life by describing the largest-ever marine reptile, a
75-foot-long ichthyosaur, discovered in northern British Columbia in 1999.
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