Sunday, March 2, 2008



"Plesiosaurs were aquatic reptiles, and were an important part of the marine ecology from the end of the Triassic period 220 million years ago until the end of the Cretaceous 65 million years ago. Their remains have been found on every continent."

Svalbard Pliosaur

Size comparison - Pliosaur ("The Monster"), Kronosaurus, and human diver

Drawing by Pat Druckenmiller

Bigger than expected!

Natural History Museum in Oslo, Norway has announced the discovery of one of the largest dinosaur-era marine reptiles ever found - an enormous sea predator known as a pliosaurus estimated to be almost 15 meters (50 feet) feet long.

Don't you think Svalbard sounds like an interesting place; Arctic seed bank, earthquakes and Pliosaurus? Perhaps the Polar bear is the most exciting though. It is compulsory to carry guns whenever you are outdoors on Svalbard. :-)

Artwork by Tor Sponga, BT

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