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How a teenager helped identify a new species of giant marine reptile

By Dean Lomax, 1851 Research Fellow, University of Bristol & Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester, University of Manchester
It may be difficult to imagine, but the county of Somerset in south-west England was once home to what may have been the largest marine reptiles that ever lived, my team’s new study reveals.

A strange and enormous jawbone was discovered on the English coastline eight years ago, but my team was hesitant to identify it as a new species until more specimens came to light. Now, with the discovery of a second giant jawbone several years later, we have named a new species of

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