Miners in the Canadian province of Alberta, while searching for the ammolite gemstone, discovered the fossil remains of an ancient marine predator. Reports about it LiveScience.
It turned out that the skeleton belongs to the sea predator mosasaurus. According to paleontologists, he belongs to the genus Tylosaurus and lived about 70 million years ago, when Albert was under the water of the Western Inland Sea. Usually, the miners dig one or two petrified remains of marine reptiles a year, but not every day the find is a whole skeleton.
It is not yet clear whether the found skeleton will be put on display or whether scientists will work with it.
Mosasaurs were large creatures, they reached seven meters in length. Ate ammonites, fish and even their relatives. Scientists believe that mosasaurs disappeared as a result of mass extinction, simultaneously with dinosaurs and pterosaurs.
In April, in the United States, a large accumulation of animal remains was found that died after an asteroid fell to Earth. Among the fossils found parts of fish, ammonites, mammals, aquatic dinosaurs, land triceratops and other creatures.
Last spring, an international group of paleontologists discovered the jawbone of an ancient marine reptile, which reaches 205 million years old. The skeleton fragment belongs to a giant ichthyosaur 26 meters long, which is comparable to the average size of a blue whale.