Fossil Hunter Finds Giant Sea Monster

Colossal pliosaur was big enough to snack on T. Rex
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2009 2:36 AM CDT
Paleontologist Richard Forrest with the jaw bone of a fossilized pliosaur found on the southern coast of England.   (AP Photo/Chris Ison/PA Wire)
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(Newser) – A sea monster big enough to have munched on T. Rex has been found by an amateur fossil collector scouring Britain's south coast. The collector gathered chunks of the prehistoric beast's 8-foot-long skull as they fell from a cliff face over several years. Paleontologists believe the pliosaur skull is the largest and most complete ever discovered.

"These things were powerful enough to bite a small car in half," a paleontologist told the Independent. "It would take a human in one gulp. Compared to this beast, T. Rex was a kitten." Experts believe the rest of the creature, whose length from tip to tail is estimated to be at least 50 feet, remains embedded in the cliff.