130 million years old animal - level 2

130 million years old animal - level 2

17-12-2013 06:00

Colombian paleontologists recovered a fossilized skeleton of a plesiosaur on Saturday. The marine reptile lived 130 million years ago.

The eight-meter reptile was found in a central state of Colombia. Hundreds of millions of  years ago, the state was under water. Plesiosaurus has also been found in Australia, North America, northern Europe and Antarctica.

Long-necked plesiosaurs swam in the Southern Ocean when the Earth was warmer than it is today.

Difficult words: paleontologist (person who studies fossils), fossilized (turned into a fossil/rock), marine reptile (cold-blooded animal which lives in the water).

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