A 250-million-year-old jaw bone found in the UK was from an 85-foot sea beast.
Experts say the ichthyosaur, was as big as blue whales, the largest animals ever. The findings were published in PLOS One.
Dean Lomax of Manchester University said the 2016 discovery in Lilstock, Somerset, was “25 percent larger” than a 68-foot ichthyosaur jawbone found in 2004.
Lomax said: “As the specimen is represented only by a large piece of jaw, it is difficult to provide a size estimate, but by using a simple scaling factor and comparing the same bone in Shonisaurus sikanniensis, the Lilstock specimen is about 25 percent larger.”
“Other comparisons suggest the Lilstock ichthyosaur was at least 65 to 82 feet.”
“Of course, such estimates are not entirely realistic because of differences between species.”
“Nonetheless, simple scaling is commonly used to estimate size, especially when comparative material is scarce.”