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Remains of 'Godzilla' Found in Argentina
Fossil evidence of a 135 million year-old 'sea monster' identified as 'Dakosaurus andiniensis'
Fernando Marino-Aguirre (kalonik)     Print Article 
Published 2005-11-11 16:27 (KST)   
Argentine scientists revealed the discovery of a fossil skull pertaining to an animal that had a carnivorous dinosaur head and a fish tail. It has been dubbed "Godzilla" or "Bad Boy of the Sea" by paleontologists of the Argentina's La Plata University.

The discovery was announced this week and will be given large coverage in the next edition of National Geographic magazine and the journal, Science.

The species, named "Dakosaurus andiniensis," was found in 1996 in Neuquen province near the Andes Mountains in southern Argentina, an area that was once part of the Pacific Ocean.

The investigators explained that what made this dinosaur skull especially unusual was its snout and teeth. Although the animal belongs to the crocodyliformes, it had a snout and teeth that were large and serrated, like a terrestrial reptile's.

James Clark, an expert at George Washington University, told National Geographic that "the most perplexing thing about the animal is that its head shape does not appear to be well suited to a fast swimming crocodilian, because rather than being streamlined, it is somewhat high and flattened from side to side."

Neuquen area is known in Argentina as the dinosaurs' place and many important discoveries have been made there in the past.

Other sea monsters like this one included a Loch Ness monster-like plesiosaur, six-meters-long. For some people close to Bariloche City in southern Argentina where it was found, it recalls "Nahuelito," a Nahuel Huapi Lake legend.
Thumbnail credit: Diego Pol/Ohio State University
©2005 OhmyNews
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