Notebook: Oct. 16, 2006

Dinosaur lovers can add "T. Rex of the sea" to their list of the most amazing creatures ever to inhabit Earth. Norwegian researchers last week announced their discovery of what they believe to be the first complete skeleton of a vicious 150 million-year-old reptile from the Pliosaur genus--possibly a previously unknown species--in a dinosaur graveyard off the Svalbard islands of the Arctic. The 33-ft.-long Jurassic beast, shown here grabbing a meal in an artist's rendition, had vertebrae as wide as dinner plates and teeth as big as cucumbers. University of Oslo paleontologist Joern Hurum says the skull resembles depictions of Scotland's...

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