World’s largest marine reptile – level 3

24-04-2024 07:00

Researchers identified a jawbone fossil discovered by a British girl and her father on a Somerset beach in England. It belongs to a gigantic marine reptile from 202 million years ago. Ichthyotitan severnensis is estimated to have been between 22 and 26 meters long, which makes it one of the largest marine reptiles ever known. The fossil is from an ichthyosaur, a type of ocean-going reptile that thrived during the Triassic Period. This discovery, along with another jawbone found in 2016, confirms the existence of a new species previously unknown to science.

These findings shed light on the remarkable diversity and size of marine reptiles during the Triassic Period and suggest they coexisted with dinosaurs and could have survived until a global extinction event around 201 million years ago.

Difficult words: gigantic (huge), thrive (to prosper or develop well), shed light (to make something easier to understand because more information is known about it).

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