Wednesday , January 26 2022

The "maritime monster" was an incredible scientific history, revealing more than half a century of science


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Bob Nicholls

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Scientists worked on computerized restructuring of this ichthyosaurus.

About 200 million years ago, nowadays Warwickshire (central England), a pest-like reptile was killed and the remains were taken to the beach.

The creature was finished protected his skull and its structure kept surprising details as scientists rebuilt their digital appearance.

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Fossils are presented in the journal PeerJIt offers a unique vision of a life ichthyosaur.

A terrifying being is alive more than100 million years and today it was similar to a dolphin, fish, squid, and probably other marine animals.

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Nigel Larkin

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The skull of an ithosaurus was found in England for 60 years.

His bones were found on the ground of the farmer More than 60 years ago.

Surprisingly, the skull has a special conservation level and the bones have rarely been found.

"He has taken over him Analyze and describe half a century ichthyosaur, but it was worth the wait, "said Dean Lomax, a paleontologist at the University of Manchester.

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Thanks to data collected in computerized tomography, researchers from Nigel Larkin and Laura Porro were able to digitally reconstructs the full skull.

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"Computerized tomography allows us to look inside fossils, in this case, we saw long channels of cranial bones, originally bleeding and nerves," Porrok said.

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Nigel Larkin

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Part of the cramp stored in Ithyosaurus is very rare.

Ithyosaurus was initially identified as a common species, but after specific research, scientists identified itichthyosaur curious name Protoxicthosaurus prostaxalis.

After studying the skulls of sea reptiles, they were rebuilt, but never met.

"We were able to edit the original original skull, that is, when they moved the bones and manipulated them when the animal was alive," said Dean Lomax.

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