‘Monster’ fossil found in Arctic graveyard
"One of them was this gigantic monster, with vertebrae the size of dinner plates and teeth the size of cucumbers."
- Joern Hurum, University of Oslo assistant professor
Spitsbergen Island, off Norway - The Norwegian researchers discovered remains of a total of 28 plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs - top marine predators when dinosaurs dominated on land - at a site on the island of Spitsbergen, about 1300km from the North Pole.
The scientists rated the fossil graveyard "one of the most important new sites for marine reptiles to have been discovered in the last several decades".