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Jaw bone of 205-million-year-old large sea creature Lilstock Ichthyosaur found on England's beach

The giant fossil was discovered by collector Paul de la Salle in May 2016 on the coast of Lilstock, Somerset.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: April 11, 2018 17:33 IST ]

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A giant jaw bone of a prehistoric reptile was  found on the coast of Lilstock, Somerset in May 2016 by collector Paul de la Salle.

According to experts,  this 205-million-year-old creature was one of the largest animals living on our planet.

In 2017, the most intact bones of Lodai ichthyosaur were found in Gujarat. The Lodai ichthyosaur was estimated to have lurked the ocean some 150 million years ago.

According to reports, the jaw bone was found on the English beach by accident.

The jaw bone was sent for analysis which revealed that it measured a whopping 26 meters long, similar to the size of some blue whale, the largest known animal ever lived on this planet.

The study was published in the journal PLOS One.

Prior to this, the largest known Ichthyosaur specimen was the one kept at Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta, Canada.

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