Photo: TOP TEN DINOSAUR & FOSSIL FINDS: Most Read of 2008



An artist's rendering depicts a dinosaur-era "sea monster," whose fossil skeleton was unearthed on an Arctic island in 2006 and announced in February 2008. Measuring some 50 feet (15 meters) in length, the bone-crunching predator represents one of the largest marine reptiles ever known, according to a team led by Jorn Hurum of the Natural History Museum in Oslo, Norway.

The discovery was covered in one of National Geographic News' ten most viewed dinosaur and fossil stories of 2008.

Photograph courtesy Arturo Gonzáles


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