Israeli geologists find unprecedented 85 million-year-old reptile remains

The 85-million-year-old remains of a large, carnivorous sea-faring reptile were discovered in southern Israel, marking the oldest fossils ever found in the country’s history, researchers announced on Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview with The Jerusalem Post, Dr. Sarit Ashckenazi-Polivoda – a geologist specializing in micropaleontology at the Dead Sea and Arava Sciences Center who analyzed the Elasmosaurus’s remains – described the finding as unprecedented.

“This is the first time that a fossilized animal like this has been found in Israel during this period,” she said of the roughly 30 fossilized remains of the reptile. “It’s very rare for an animal like this to be fossilized.”


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