The timeless swimmer
A group of researchers, led by a young paleontologist from the University of Liege have discovered and studied Malawania anachronus, a fossilized specimen of ichthyosaur, that is more than 100 million years old. What is so particular about this specimen? It belongs to a group of ichthyosaurs that were believed to have been extinct for more than 180 million years. The discovery proves that ichthyosaurs remained diversified for much longer than was previously thought, and challenges theories that have been posited about their extinction. We take a dive with a timeless marine reptile.
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