Sea Monsters Unearthed

Hillsman S. Jackson, Southern Methodist University
May 31, 2018
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Hillsman S. Jackson, Southern Methodist University

A fossil sea turtle skull excavated from Angola’s coastal cliffs.

From surprising mosasaur stomach contents to one of the oldest known sea turtles found in Africa, fossils and reconstructions of these species will offer visitors a picture of their remarkable life histories and the ecosystems they were a part of. “Sea Monsters Unearthed” paints the picture of a flourishing ocean environment that in some ways will look strange to modern eyes, yet still bears striking similarities to today’s marine ecosystems. Peculiar plesiosaurs—massive reptiles with long necks, stout bodies and four large flippers—swam alongside 27-foot-long toothy marine lizards called mosasaurs and more familiar creatures like sea turtles.

A cast of this fossil will be featured in “Sea Monsters Unearthed.”

Photo: Hillsman S. Jackson, Southern Methodist University