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    Post  pendlebury on Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:15 pm

    One of my all time favourite Marine Reptiles a Pliosaurus by the name of Predator X has finally been given a species name . Pliosaurus funkei is known from a partial skull, a complete flipper and some assorted remains, including a section of vertebra of two individuals was excavated in mid-2008 in Svalbard, near the Arctic, by a Norwegian team led by Dr. Jørn Hurum.[7] It is claimed by researchers to be the "most fearsome animal ever to swim in the oceans."[8][7] The remains were discovered in June 2006 during a two-week expedition led by Dr. Hurum of the Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo. The team found 20,000 fragments of the creature's skeleton, which is being preserved and assembled at the museum. Due to the distribution pattern of pliosaurs, scientist believe that species were cosmopolitan, like some groups of modern-day whales.[9]
    Using Liopleurodon, another large pliosaurid, as a guide, the Svalbard specimen had been estimated to have been 15 metres (49 ft) long, 45,000 kilograms (99,000 lb) in weight and had teeth 30 centimetres (12 in) long.[10][11] The jaws of the creature may have been able to exert more force than those of a Tyrannosaurus rex,[7] with one news source stating the bite was over 10 times more powerful than any modern animal and four times more powerful than that of a Tyrannosaurus.[12] It is estimated to have lived approximately 147 million years ago.[13] Analysis of bones from the four flippers suggest that the animal cruised using just two fore-flippers, using the back pair for extra speed when pursuing and capturing prey. P. funkei's brain was of a similar type and size, proportionally, to that of today's great white shark, the team says.[11] Later on, thorough scrutiny of this Svalbard specimen revealed that it was not as massive as originally claimed; total length estimate have been revised to 10.0–12.8 metres (32.8–42.0 ft).[14]
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    Post  ermaster on Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:46 am

    just on the bite force notice the modern Nile crocodile can exert over half the bite force of a t-Rex so it is only if what they say is correct then the bite force is 8x that of most modern animals. And we can only have a guided guess at how strong the t-Rex's bite was as we cant physically go back and measure it.
    As for Pliosaurus funkei have you watched planet dinosaurs? they do a little review on it. But not to much is know as a few other marine animals at current.
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    Post  pendlebury on Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:38 pm

    Yes totaly agree to speculate on a species especially how it would perform found in very harsh conditions over a very short time period must be a task in it self.

    Watch this space then i guess.
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    Post  macrocephale on Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:44 pm

    The Planet Dinosaur P. funkei (Predator X back then) isn't great IMO, the head looks far too wide and the whole thing just looks a little off.. But you can say that for most of the series tbh.

    Speculating biteforce is hardly an exact science as well, even today closely related animals of similar sizes can have very different bite mechanics, so scaling up to animals multiple times bigger with no close relatvies is a bit pants really

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