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 originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 8 Nov 2018 at 16:31:01 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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