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Mosasaur skull fossil

Mosasaur skull fossil

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PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Mosasaur skull fossil. The mosasaur was a large marine reptile that inhabited seas throughout the world during the Cretaceous period (145-65 million years ago). Mosasaurs fed mostly on molluscs and sea urchins, but were not unaccustomed to eating larger creatures such as sharks. Because of their flexible double-hinged jaw, used to swallow their prey whole, and their double row of sharp teeth, they are thought to have shared the same ancestor as snakes. However, mosasaurs are unusual in that they gave birth to live young rather than laying eggs. This specimen measures 70 centimetres in length and was found in Morocco.

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