‘Merciless’ sea monster with broken teeth prowled the seas 66 million years ago

Artist impression of Thalassotitan(Image credit score: Andrey Atuchin)

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A large mosasaur with tooth like a killer whale dominated the oceans round Morocco in the direction of the top of the Cretaceous interval, a brand new examine finds.

The extinct predator, named Thalassotitan atrox, grew to about 30 to 33 toes (9 to 10 meters) lengthy and certain consumed another marine reptiles it got here throughout, together with fellow mosasaurs. The identify Thalassotitan comes from the Greek phrases “thalassa” and “titan,” that means “sea giant,” and the species identify atrox interprets to “cruel” or “merciless,” in accordance with the examine.   

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