The skull might be 155 million-years-old but it belonged to one of the most terrifying predators on earth which ruled the oceans of the world with great ease.
The fossil was discovered in Dorset, UK, and has taken scientists a painstaking 18-months to remove it from its rocky casing revealing the amazing skull hailed as the belonging to one of the largest “sea monsters” to be unearthed in history.
This fearsome predator is now being unveiled to the general public at the Dorset County Museum.
Earth Science Manager for Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, Richmond Edmonds said:
“This is amazing.
“We saw this fossil initially as a pile of bones and slowly, after a lot of hard work, it has come together.
“We are now told this skull is 95 per cent complete, and probably one of the largest and certainly one of the most well-preserved and complete Pilosaurs ever found anywhere in the world.”
Pilosaurs lived in the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods and were the top predators of the worlds oceans equipped with eye sockets perched on top of its head that allowed this powerful creature to fix its stare on any passing prey.
It was able to crunch down on anything that came its way using its incredibly powerful jaws complete with giangantic razor sharp teeth.
Palaeontologist Richard Forrest said:
“This is an iconic specimen and one of the most exciting we have seen in years.
“It was probably one of the most fearsome predators that ever lived.
“Standing in front of the skull you can imagine this enormous beast staring straight back at you.”
Pilosaurs, based on the discovery of the 2.4 m-long skull in Dorset are estimated to have been 15-18m from its tip to its tail.