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The world’s largest “sea monster” skull

A 7.9-foot-long pliosaur skull, which packs the world’s biggest bite, has been put on display at the Dorset County Museum in England.

When alive about 155 million years ago, the seagoing creature would have had a strong enough bite to snap a car in half, according to the museum.

Amateur collector Kevan Sheehan found the skull in pieces between 2003 and 2008 at the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, a 95-mile (152-kilometer) stretch of fossil-rich coastline in England. The Dorset County Council’s museums service purchased the fossil, and later research by University of Southampton scientists suggests that it’s the largest complete pliosaur skull ever found.

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Story: Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic News | Photo: Jurassic Coast Team, Dorset County Council

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