Prehistoric “Sea Dragon” Fossil Discovered in English Channel

Researchers discovered a new prehistoric sea creature, named “Sea Dragon” and officially named Thalassodraco achesi. The small marine reptile lived 150 million years ago during the Late Jurassic era and appears to have evolved to dive to extreme depths. The fossil was discovered in the Late Jurassic deep sea deposit off the coast of the English Channel in Dorset, England.

The creature is part of a group known as ichthyosaurs. That group of creatures is organized by sea predators. Recently discovered specimens have many differences, making it unique to their genus and species. This particular specimen was discovered in 2009 and is believed to be about six feet tall.

Steve Aches discovered it along the beach after a rock collapsed. Scientists say that it has some similarities in sperm wells with a very deep rib cage that may allow more space for larger lungs and internal organs. More space for internal organs can keep them from crushing under pressure by diving deeper into the ocean.

The creature had very large eyes that allowed it to see well in low light conditions. Its mouth is filled with hundreds of small teeth, indicating that it feeds on satire and small fish. Its teeth are unique in that they are completely smooth. The organism breathed air on the surface and did not hold scales.

There is a lot of mystery about these creatures. Little is actually known about the biology of animals. Scientists are only able to make assumptions based on discovered fossils because nothing is the same today. Hopefully, additional research in the future sheds more light on these ancient creatures.

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