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8. 'Godzilla' Fossils Reveal Real-Life Sea Monster

Fossils from a real-life sea monster—the massive crocodile-like species depicted in this illustration made for National Geographic magazine—were recently unearthed in Patagonia, Argentina. The animal likely measured 13 feet (4 meters) long from nose to tail.

The researchers who made the discovery say the marine reptile, nicknamed Godzilla, lived about 135 million years ago. They described their find in the November 11, 2005, issue of the journal Science.

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Originally published November 2005

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