Marine reptiles

Pliosaurus - aquatic reptile

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Pliosaurus means "more lizard" - its name is derived from Ancient Greek words "pleion" meaning "more" and "sauros" meaning "lizard" in reference to its shape which appears to be closer to lizards than to other dinosaurs.

Pliosaurus was a genus of large carnivorous marine reptiles that lived in the Late Jurassic Period, about 145 million years ago.

Pliosaurus is considered by some to be the most vicious predatory carnivore to have ever lived. It was up to 15 m long, weighed around 45 tons, with huge jaws full of sharp, 30 cm-long teeth. Its bite was ten times more powerful than any modern animal's and four times more lethal than that of Tyrannous rex. Analysis of bones from its four flippers suggest that the rapacious monster cruised using just two fore-flippers, whereas the back pair was used for extra speed when pursuing and capturing prey. Its brain was of a similar type and size, proportionally, to that of today's great white shark.

Fossil remains of this prehistoric animals have been discovered in North and South Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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