The Dinosaur Who Went out to Sea

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According to (This article and its images were originally posted on Scientific American Content January 6, 2019 at 12:00PM.)

During their grand Mesozoic heyday, dinosaurs didn’t live in the ocean. Every young aficionado on the terrible lizards knows this, quick to correct their parents or teachers should an adult mistakenly call a plesiosaur or mosasaur a dinosaur. And yet, sometimes non-avian dinosaurs are found buried in marine sediments, and the latest example of a dinosaur found sleeping with the fishes, as it were, is Saltriovenator zanellai.

Paleontologists Cristiano Dal Sasso, Simone Maganuco, and Andrea Cau named the Jurassic carnivore earlier this month. A total of 132 skeletal pieces, found close together, formed the basis of the description, representing a theropod dinosaur never before seen. But that’s hardly all.


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This article and images were originally posted on [Scientific American Content] January 6, 2019 at 12:00PM. Credit to the original author and Scientific American Content | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.


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