A farmer in Australia was pulling out weeds on his property when he perceived what he believed were fossilized mussels.
Evidently thinking those were not exceptionally fascinating at the time, he told the Brisbane Times that he proceeded about his business. Anyhow, a couple of minutes after the fact, he thought he would be wise to get another look.
“I was out poisoning prickly Acacia and saw some objects shining in the distance,” Robert Hacon, who lives in Queensland, told the newspaper. “At first glance I thought they were fossilized mussel shells so I drove away. Ten minutes later my curiosity got the better of me and I turned back.”
What he discovered was actually the jaw of a prehistoric sea monster known as Kronosaurus queenslandicus. The jaw itself was more than five feet long, originally belonging to an animal that reached up to 36 feet and lived up to 115 million years ago in what was then an inland sea, the Times reported.
“I’ve been looking for something like this all my life but never thought I’d find such an amazing fossil,” Hacon stated.
According to Dr. Timothy Holland with the Kronosaurus Korner Museum, a marine fossil museum in Australia, “the most complete mandible of a Kronosaurus queenslandicus in the world, with most other examples being weathered, crushed or incomplete.”
“This is the real deal,” he also said.
Special thanks to the Hacon family for all their kindness and diligent work in imparting their astounding new Kronosaurus…
Hacon gave the example to the historical center where it will be shown.
“It’s an auspicious indication of Australia’s rich geoheritage and I wonder to consider what else lays holding up to be discovered,” Holland told the Times.
According to the Queensland Museum, Kronosaurus, a pliosaurs, was a meat eater with vast teeth.
Here’s a gander at the most finish Kronosaurus at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History.