Paleontologists have found the skeleton of a Jurassic sea lizard in the north of the Kirov region

Paleontologists have found the skeleton of a Jurassic sea lizard in the north of the Kirov region
Paleontologists have found the skeleton of a Jurassic sea lizard in the north of the Kirov region
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Paleontologists have discovered the remains of a Jurassic sea lizard, presumably a plesiosaur, in the north of the Kirov region. Alexei Toropov, director of the Vyatka Paleontological Museum, told TASS on Tuesday.

"The expedition of the Vyatka paleontological museum went to the village of Sinegorye, Nagorsk region. Museum staff discovered the remains of a skeleton of a sea lizard that lived in the Jurassic period. This is a unique find for the paleontology of the Kirov region, since the finds of plesiosaurs themselves are very rare and until now only isolated bones have been found. The find of the Kirov paleontologists will make it possible to advance in the study of this group of animals, "said Toropov.

He noted that within the boundaries of the settlement there is a regional geological natural monument - a layer of oil shale - a mineral that formed at the bottom of the ancient sea as a result of silt deposition. Museum staff examined the monument, as well as other points near the village. "In one of the outcrops in the layers of the Upper Jurassic period - 152-145 million years ago, fossilized parts of the skeleton were discovered. Upon closer examination, they turned out to be ribs and separate parts of flippers, presumably belonging to a sea lizard from the plesiosaur group," Toropov said.

The fossilized bones collected during the expedition were brought to the museum by experts. Until the end of the field season, paleontologists are planning the next expedition to excavate the skeleton of the Jurassic lizard.

Plesiosaurs are a group of marine reptiles that inhabited the waters of the World Ocean in the Mesozoic era (252 - 66 million years ago). These animals were perfectly adapted to the aquatic lifestyle.

Pareiasaurs on Vyatka

One of the world's largest Kotelnichskoye locality of pareiasaurs is located in the Kirov region. The skeletons of ancient animals have been found in this area since 1933, when the hydrogeologist Sergei Kashtanov first discovered the remains of the ancient pareiasaurus here. In their way of life, they resembled modern hippos, spent most of their time on land, presumably eating algae.

Scientists suggest that about 250 million years ago, Sokolya Gora near Kotelnich was part of an ancient river, near the banks of which herbivorous and carnivorous reptiles lived: gorgonops, suminia, dicinodonts, pareiasaurs, emerleterans, therocephals and other animals, whose skeletons are now stored in the funds of the Vyatka paleontological museum.

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