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Monster of the Deep

  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • An artist's interpretation of the gigantic pliosaur catching a pterosaur in mid-flight.
  • An artist's interpretation of the 'monster' catching a smaller plesiosaur.
  • Size comparisons of a killer whale, a blue whale, the new pliosaur and a human diver.
  • An artist's interpretation of the gigantic pliosaur hunting ichthyosaurs, dolphin-shaped marine reptiles.
  • Size comparison of the 'monster' pliosaur, an earlier discovered pliosaur called Kronosaurus and a human diver.
  • The full skeleton of the pliosaur, with excavated bones in red.
  • A partially reconstructed front flipper of the pliosaur.
  • Lead paleontologist Joern Hurum's daughter compared to the pliosaur's front flipper.
  • Researcher Lena Kristiansen prepares a specimen in the Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo.
  • Field work in snow at the pliosaur excavation site on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago in the Norwegian Arctic.
  • The extent of the pliosaur's fossilized bones, as outlined by rocks on the Spitsbergen mountainside.
  • Paleontology student Linn Kristin Novis and paleontologist Patrick Druckenmiller of the University of Alaska discussing a finding near an excavation site on Spitsbergen.

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