A partial fossil of what is presumed to be the largest known marine reptile has been found on a Norwegian island in the Arctic. Dubbed “The Monster,” it appears to have been 50 feet long, larger than any other pliosaur, including the well-known kronosaurs.

One expert suggested that The Monster would be able to “pick up a small car in its jaws and bite it in half.”1

Creationists suggest that biblical references to “sea monsters,” such as Leviathan, could have been pliosaurs or plesiosaurs. Other old accounts of sea monsters, found across the globe, could be evidence that monstrous sea reptiles did not die out millions of years before humans appeared but were observed by people in relatively recent times.

The Monster

The red portions on the large pliosaur, called “The Monster,” indicate the fossils recovered. Based on these remains, scientists have a good idea about this creature’s immense size. (Compare it to the scuba diver.) Picture credit: Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway

Footnotes

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7264856.stm Back