Scotland has found its very own prehistoric marine reptile apart from the mythic Loch Ness monster.
Scientists have found the fossil remains of a dolphin like marine reptile that lived almost 170 million years ago on the Scottish Isle of Skye and was about 4.3 meter long.
Scientists have named it Dearcmhara shawcrossi, which is also believed to be a member of a group of ichthyosaurs that were dominant marine reptiles when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Some of these creatures could reach sizes of monstrous proportions rivaling all except present era of extremely large whales. They thrived for more than 150 million years until they disappeared completely some 95 million years ago.
Dearcmhara was a moderately sized ichthyosaur, who swam in warm and shallow seas during the Jurassic era, primarily feeding on fish and squids. The remains that were found are not complete but the shape of a bone in its front flippers suggests that it may have been a very strong or fast swimmer.
University of Edinburgh paleontologist Steve Brusatte, whose one of the researchers on the discovery said “It is the first marine reptile unique to Scotland, as well as the first one ever discovered and studied in Scotland.”