The jawbone of a 205-million-year-old prehistoric reptile belongs to “one of the greatest animals” in history, according to a group of international paleontologists. The new discovery has also solved a 150-year mystery of alleged ‘dinosaur bones’ in the United Kingdom.
The bone belongs to a giant ichthyosaur, a type of prehistoric aquatic reptile, and experts estimate that the body length of this specimen would have been up to 26 meters, approaching the size of a blue whale. Fossil collector and co-author of the study, Paul de la Salle, found the bone at Lilstock beach in Somerset in May 2016. He later returned to the site and found even more pieces that together were about one meter in length.