Tuesday, July 18, 2006
UPDATE: Thursday, October 05, 2006 - A number of people are landing on this page from search engines apparently looking for " 'Monster' fossil find in Arctic: Pliosaur - Tyrannosaurus Rex of the Sea". Back to the original item:
Canadian fossil hunters have discovered that fierce prehistoric sea monsters apparently used the Arctic Ocean as a migration route to rule the world's oceans at roughly the same time as dinosaurs reigned on land.
The discovery is part of a fossil 'hat trick' pulled off by a six-member McGill University expedition camped on a remote and inhospitable stretch of Melville Island, 1,200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.
'There are lots of neat things to find here. It just takes someone to come up and look for them,' expedition leader and McGill professor Hans Larsson told the Toronto Star by satellite phone.
The expedition's big discovery is fossil remains of what looks like a new species of the sea monsters, called ichthyosaurs by scientists. No evidence of ichthyosaurs has ever been found this far north, although many ichthyosaur fossils have turned up in Asia, North American and Europe.