Ancient ‘Loch Ness Monster’ suffered from arthritis in jaw

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Scientists discovered ancient creatures that apparently developed arthritis in their monster jaws and could possibly the reason why they died.

Ancient 'Loch Ness Monster'

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According to research, fossil of an extinct marine reptile called as “pliosaur” sported huge jaws and teeth about 8 inches (2o centimeters) long. It had a 10-foot-long (3 meters), crocodilelike head, short neck, whale-like body and four powerful flippers to propel it through water to hunt down prey.

Researcher Michael Benton, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Bristol in England told LiveScience that this pliosaur was truly huge. “To stand beside its skull and realize that it is 3 meters long, and massive and heavy as it is, that it once functioned with muscles and blood vessels and nerves, is amazing. You can lie down inside its mouth,” he added.

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