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Ichthyosaur, an ancient whale-like creature found in the Swiss Alps

Ichthyosaur, an ancient whale-like creature found in the Swiss Alps

Ancient researchers have found traces of the ancient ichthyosaur (a sea dinosaur) in the Swiss Alps.

Its weight is 80 tons and its length exceeds 20 meters. This was announced on Thursday, April 28, by the press office of the University of Bonn, Germany.

“We consider these ichthyosaurs to be experts in catching deep-sea fish,” said Heinz Fூரhrer, supervisor at the Archaeological Museum in Zurich, Switzerland.

Forer and his colleagues discovered traces of the largest ichthyosaur on Earth to date, and its size is comparable to that of the largest contemporary whale.

Fossils of the said Igtioser skeleton were found in a remote and inaccessible area of ​​the Canton (Crisense) in the Swiss Alps. The area contains rocks from the end of the Triassic period, which formed at the bottom of the shallow seas about 205 million years ago.

Analysis by scientists indicates that the traces found belong to an ichthyosaur, which weighed more than 80 tons and was at least 20 meters long. According to “RT”, the scientists thought the animal belonged to the genus Chastauridae, a giant ichthyosaur.

The team of scientists hopes that future excavations in the Alps and other mountains formed at the site of the ancient ocean (Tethys) will allow the discovery of fossil traces of these ancient monsters. Their study will help clarify an ecological significance and understand why no other ichthyosaur fossils have been found in the Mesozoic rocks.

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