No, it’s not the mythical Loch Ness monster, but 170 million years ago Dearcmhara shawcrossi prowled the warm coastal waters of Scotland in pursuit of fish and other reptiles. Scientists announced the discovery of the previously unknown prehistoric marine reptile in the Scottish Journal of Geology today. An artist’s depiction shows a dolphin-like creature measuring about 14 feet from snout to tail that lived during the Jurassic Period. It’s a moderate-sized ichthyosaur, the dominant marine reptiles that lived in the time of dinosaurs. They were around for 150 million years, until they disappeared about 95 million years ago. This discovery fills in some of the information of the Early-to-Middle Jurassic timeline that has proven hard to crack for paleontologists.
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