Hallan fósil jurásico

Fósil de pliosaurio

Jurassic fossil discovery

A 150-million-year-old fossilised skull belonging to a creature called a pliosaur has been unearthed along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset in England.

Reporter: Rebecca Morelle

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While dinosaurs roamed the land, pliosaurs terrorised the oceans. These giant, crocodile-shaped creatures were fearsome hunters, their immense jaws and razor-sharp teeth made easy work of passing prey. Now an 8ft-long skull has been found in Dorset by a local fossil collector. And scientists say it could be one of the biggest ever found, belonging to a creature that would have measured up to 50ft long. Palaeontologist Richard Forrest has been examining the specimen.

Richard Forrest: 'To get a whole skull like this is like Christmas and Easter and everything rolled into one, because we actually can see, yes this really was an absolutely enormous animal, and realistically, probably the most powerful predator that ever lived.'

The fossilised skull has now been bought by Dorset County Council using Heritage Lottery Funds. They plan to eventually put it on public display.

Rebecca Morelle, BBC News

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terrorised the oceans aterrorizaban los océanos

fearsome hunterstemibles cazadores

passing preypresas que pasaban (cerca del pliosaurio en el mar)

skull cráneo

a local fossil collectorun coleccionista de fósiles (del área donde se encontró el pliosaurio)

palaeontologistpaleontólogo

specimenespécimen

is like Christmas and Easter and everything rolled into one es como celebrar la Navidad y la Semana Santa a la vez (por ser un encuentro afortunado)

predatordepredador

on public display(lo pondrán) en exhibición pública