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Massive Marine Reptile Had a Bite Four Times as Devastating as a T-Rex

by Brandon Russell | October 18, 2012October 18, 2012 11:00 pm PDT

pliosaurus-funkeiIt’s not necessarily bodies of water that I’m afraid of, it’s the mysteries that lie below. You know, the kind of monsters that nightmares are made of. But even today’s predators don’t compare to one insane prehistoric marine reptile that existed roughly 150 million years ago. According to researchers, Pliosaurus funkei, previously referred to as Predator X, typically spanned 40 feet (bigger than a killer whale), and had a 6.5-foot-long skull “with a bite four times as powerful as a Tyrannosaurus rex,” Yahoo! wrote.

That’s absolutely terrifying.

“They were the top predators of the sea,” said Paleontologist Patrick Druckenmiller. Hearing that is no surprise. If the Pliosaurus existed today, I probably wouldn’t enjoy the beach as much as I do now. Imagine going for a dip and seeing that thing swim up. Nope, sorry, not going near the water ever again.

The first Pliosaurus funkei skeletons, a slight variation of pliosaur fossils previously discovered in England and France, were allegedly found in Svalbard, Norway in 2006.

When these guys existed — in the Jurassic period 160 million to 145 million years ago — they apparently had aerodynamic bodies and paddle-shaped limbs that allowed them to “fly through the water,” Druckenmiller said. Ugh, I can barely swim the 100m.

And we thought Great White Sharks were treacherous killers. If the P. funkei still existed today (what a name), this guy would certainly dominate our oceans. It’s a good thing the Jurassic Park theory was disproved; we wouldn’t want to recreate this guy and put him on display at a Sea World, now would we?

Secretly, yes, I would like to see that.

[via Yahoo!]

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...