“GODZILLA-SIZED” PLIOSAUR FOUND!

Paleontologists digging in Jurassic deposits in the Ural Mountains have discovered the fossil remains of a pliosaur of Kaiju proportions. The first bone uncovered was initially though to be a femur, but then, shockingly, turned out to be just one of the tiny phalange bones from the very tip of one of the beast’s gigantic flippers.

(image credit: Museo Egidio Feruglio/AFP/Getty Images

plesiosaur flipper bones

Although more remains need to be excavated, initial estimates indicate the creature measured a full 440 feet in length and weighed an astonishing 42,000 tons.

Legendary paleo-fiction author and noted pliosaur expert Max Hawthorne was on hand, overseeing the personally-funded excavation, which also uncovered evidence suggesting the extinct filter-feeder fish Leedsicthys reached a whopping 330 feet in length and may have been a staple food source for the giant pliosaur. When asked to comment on the mind boggling size of the new Thalassophonean, tentatively named, “Ginormisaurus hawthornii,” Hawthorne quipped: “Forget the iceberg theory. THIS is what sank the Titanic!”

Happy April Fools Day!

-Max

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