|Manu||Date: Friday, 24-December-2021, 4:51 PM | Message # 1|
|Earth's first-known giant was as big as a sperm whale|
by Tyler Hayden, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The skull of the first giant creature to ever inhabit the Earth, the ichthyosaur Cymbospondylus youngorum, currently on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Credit: Natalja Kent / Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The two-meter skull of a newly discovered species of giant ichthyosaur, the earliest known, is shedding new light on the marine reptiles' rapid growth into behemoths of the Dinosaurian oceans, and helping us better understand the journey of modern cetaceans (whales and dolphins) to becoming the largest animals to ever inhabit the Earth.
Read more/full article/source - https://phys.org/news/2021-12-earth-first-known-giant-big-sperm.html