After years of work, the Smithsonian is ready to show off these colossal ancient sea monsters


mosasaur fossils

Swimming in the ocean today might put you face to face with some
pretty intimidating predators, but they’re no match for what lurked
below the waves tens of millions of years ago. When the chunks of
land that are now South America and Africa made their exodus from
the supercontinent Gondwana over a hundred million years ago, the
ocean that filled in the space between them became home to some of
the most ferocious ocean predators the Earth has ever seen.

Mosasaurs, which were long, lizard-like aquatic animals with
flippers and massive jaws, assumed the role of apex predator, and
ruled the seas for tens of millions of years. Now,
as NPR reports
, new mosasaur skeletons are about to go up on
exhibit at the Smithsonian thanks to the hard work of
paleontologists who have been scraping at rock in Africa for over a
decade.


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After years of work, the Smithsonian is ready to show off these
colossal ancient sea monsters
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After years of work, the Smithsonian is ready to show off these colossal ancient sea monsters