Swimming in the ocean today can put you face to face with some pretty frightening predators, but they do not match those who have gone under the waves tens of millions of years ago. When the land plots, which are now South America and Africa, spilled out of the supercontinent Gondwan more than a hundred million years ago, the ocean, which filled the space between them, became the home of some of the most beneficial ocean carnivores Earth has seen.
The mosasur, who was a long, lizard-like aquatic animal with palms and arched tops, took over the role of a legendary predator and gave the sea for tens of millions of years. Now, how NPR reports that new Mosaic skeletons are about to go to an exhibition at Smithsonian, thanks to the hard work of paleontologists who have been scrapped in rocks in Africa for more than a decade.
Fossils were found in Angola, on the coast of South Africa, and researchers such as Texas Southern Methodist University, Luis Jacob, have been slowly catching on for years. The tedious work has created truly amazing examples of one of the true "sea snails" in Earth's history. Their works will be released for exhibition on Friday at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.
The creatures themselves were incredible beasts stretching up to 50 feet long and boasting three-foot long jaws that stretched out with sharp teeth. It was built to manage your domain and would be able to send it to any other animal on request. But it was not invincible.
One of the most interesting discoveries of fossils in paleontology is in fact the remains of several mosaires. A larger sample ate two of its younger peers, and the bones of both animals were found in the larger creatures in the stomach. A terrible discovery to say the least, but there's more; shows what would have been the largest exterior of the mosaic body is shark teeth.
No, the shark (or shark) did not send a massive dinosaur, because there would be no match. Instead, researchers believe that sharks released the body after the behemoth was dead, imbibing the teeth in the Musaan's body as it blew the pieces. Yes, the ancient ocean was a wild place.