Scientists found ancient reptiles remains in Taimyr

Scientists found ancient reptiles remains in Taimyr

June 19, 2023

The analysis showed that 100 million years ago the water temperature on the peninsula was like in the modern Mediterranean Sea.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Over the past two years, paleontologists have found the ancient animals remains in the Pyasina River valley in Taimyr: plesiosaurs’, mosasaurs’ and turtles’ teeth, vertebrae, skull fragments.

Isotope analysis showed that reptiles lived on the peninsula about 100 million years ago, the water temperature in the territory then was 14-16 degrees Celsius – this is the approximate equivalent of the modern Mediterranean Sea.

As writes with reference to scientists from St. Petersburg State University, the found remains of turtles indicate that they were land, not sea. Most of the bones belonged to plesiosaurs and reptiles up to 20 meters long, and they used four flippers when moving, not two, like their modern descendants.

Recall that in 2022 the Sciences Academy and Norilsk Nickel explored a territory equal to Ireland.

In the photo: a mosasaurus’ (a family of extinct marine lizards) and ichthyosaurs’ outdated reconstruction. Source:

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: wikipedia

June 19, 2023

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