Around seven years ago, Elk hunter found some remains of species in Montana which scientists later wanted to use as evidence of sea creatures. These sea creatures were presumed to live 70 million years ago under the inland seas of rocky mountains.
The new types of elasmosaur are point by point in an article distributed Thursday in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Most elasmosaurs, a kind of marine reptile, had necks that could extend 18 feet, yet the fossil found in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge is particular for its substantially shorter neck — around 7½ feet. These marine animals belonged to the group of long neck animal species. They have characteristic small heads and paddle-like limbs. They grow as long as 30 feet until their death. After certain researchers, it was also found that these animals belonged to carnivorous reptile categories.
Patrick Druckenmiller, co-author of the article and a palaeontologist with the University of Alaska Museum of the North, “This group is famous for having ridiculously long necks, I mean necks that have as many as 76 vertebrae. What absolutely shocked us when we dug it out — it only had somewhere around 40 vertebrae.”
Similar fossil creatures were found in different parts of the world but the one that was found in Montana was the most well-observed out of all.
The littler ocean animal lived around a similar time and in an indistinguishable region from the bigger ones, which is confirmation negating the conviction that elasmosaurs did not advance more than a huge number of years to have longer necks, co-creator Danielle Serratos said.
Elasmosaurs were flesh eating animals with little heads and oar-like appendages that could develop the length of 30 feet. Their fossils have been found over the world, and the one found in northeastern Montana was all around saved and about entire.
The shelter adjoining the Missouri River is well known with seekers for its defining moment and remote setting.
David Bradt, a farm supervisor from Florence, Montana, said he was chasing elk unsuccessfully in November 2010 when he strolled into a gully to sprinkle some water all over.
Later Bradt also took some exclusive photographs of these fossils and reported it to the U.S fish and wildlife services. The team took around three days to delicately excavate the fossils of these sea creatures. After cleaning the fossils it was observed that these remains are of a new kind of species. Scientists are telling that a lot can be known if these species are studied rigorously.