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Press Release 06-173

Volcanic Blast Likely Killed and Preserved Juvenile Fossil Plesiosaur Found in Antarctica

Skeleton to be unveiled at U.S. museum Dec. 13

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A mother and juvenile plesiosaur probably looked like this artist's rendering.

A mother and juvenile plesiosaur probably looked like this artist's rendering.

Credit: Nicolle Rager, National Science Foundation


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Remains of the juvenile plesiosaur were exacavated from this Vega Island excavation site.

Remains of the juvenile plesiosaur were exacavated from this Vega Island excavation site.

Credit: James E. Martin, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


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A researcher carefully excavates a fossilized juvenile plesiosaur on Vega Island, Antarctica.

A researcher carefully excavates a fossilized juvenile plesiosaur on Vega Island, Antarctica.

Credit: James E. Martin, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


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Temperatures in Antarctica were much warmer 70 million years ago.

Temperatures in Antarctica were much warmer 70 million years ago.

Credit: Nicolle Rager, National Science Foundation


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This animation shows how the juvenile plesiosaur might have appeared.

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This animation shows how the juvenile plesiosaur, discovered in Antarctica by an American-Argentine research team, might have appeared.

Credit: Trent Schindler, National Science Foundation