A retired pastor and his son uncovered the remains of skull and lower jaw of a sea reptile believed to be around 70 million years old, according to Montana State University.
The find represents the first complete skull of a long-necked plesiosaur discovered in Montana, and one of the best specimens of its kind in North America, MSU researchers further added.
“It’s a very important specimen,” MSU paleontologist Jack Horner said. “We have been looking for it for a long, long time.”
Ken Olson of Lewistown said he and his son, Garrett, found the fossils in mid-August about 75 miles northeast of Lewistown on Bureau of Land Management property.

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paleontologist Horner, was out of the country, Olson prepared the fossils himself and delivered them to Horner about three weeks later. Olson has experienced collecting fossils for the museum.
The bones are now contained in boxes at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. Horner stated the head of a short-necked plesiosaur has been found in Montana, but he had been waiting for the discovery of a complete, long-necked plesiosaur skull. Both ancient sea reptiles lived in the time of dinosaurs, according to MSU.
“This critter is one of the long, ridiculously long-necked plesiosaurs” and could have had as many as 70 vertebrae in its neck, said Pat Druckenmiller, MSU specialist in marine reptile fossils. “If the skull is 40 centimeters long, the neck could be seven to 10 times that length.”
Druckenmiller takes charge in examining the bones. He planned to use a CT scanner at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.  The research is intended to better understand the creature’s diet and why it required a long neck.  http://www.spiritualityguide.com

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