World News – GB – A new species of mosasaur discovered in Morocco


Most of us are familiar with at least a handful of dinosaur names such as T-rex and raptor, but few are probably familiar with the species known as the mosasaur A mosasaur is an animal marine Newly discovered specimen has a long crocodile-like snout which scientists say suggests it may have carved a niche in a highly competitive marine ecosystem during the Late Cretaceous Between 66 and 72 million years ago Researchers at the University of Alberta, including Catie Strong and collaborators at the University of Cincinnati and Flinders University, made the discovery

There are over a dozen known types of mosasaurs, creatures up to 17 meters in length that are said to resemble an overgrown Komodo dragon. The creature discovered by scientists ruled the marine environment in part of what is now Morocco at the end of the Late Cretaceous period There is a key difference between the version discovered by Strong and his team and the other mosasaurs known

The newly discovered creature has a long, narrow muzzle with interlocking teeth similar to crocodilian gavials, a relative of crocodiles and alligators Strong says the discovery of the fossilized creature adds a layer of clarity to a diverse picture that appears to be overcrowded mega-predators competing for food, space and resources The creature’s long snout shows that it was adapted to a specific form of predation within the ecosystem

Each species of giant marine lizard is proven to have adaptations for different prey or predation styles Few adaptations in mosasaurs are as dramatic as the newly discovered creature’s long snout, and strong notes it could have been prey overlap in some cases.However, Strong says that overall there is evidence of species diversification into different niches

The remains of the new species of mosasaur, known as G almaghribensis, were discovered in a fossil-rich phosphate mine in Morocco The remains included a meter-long skull and isolated bones Scientists note that nothing explains the cause of death of the specimen

Mosasaurs, species, crocodiles, dinosaurs

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