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A massive, 30-ton Shonisaurus, the largest known ichthyosaur (marine reptile) attempts to make a meal of a school of squid-like Belemnites. On the far right is a prehistoric shark, and further below is an ancient Ammonite, another squid-like animal with a nautilus-like hard shell. . 230 million years ago Panthalassa, the vast global ocean that surrounded the supercontinent Pangaea, was home to the ichthyosaurs, giant air-breathing reptiles that resembled fish and dolphins. Like modern day dolphins and whales, ichthyosaurs are believed to have evolved from land reptiles that moved back into the water. Ichthyosaurs are notable for having the largest eyes of any land or sea animal. The eye socket of one fossil Shonisaurus skull is over 3 feet in diameter.

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Wild animal / Mollusk / Cephalopod / Coleoid (Coleoidea sp) / Squid

Wild animal / Mollusk / Cephalopod / Coleoid (Coleoidea sp) / Belemnite (Belemnoidea sp)

Wild animal / Reptile / Dinosaur

Wild animal / Mollusk / Cephalopod / Ammonoid (Ammonoidea sp)

Species / Diet pattern / Phytophage / Herbivore



Science / Scientific research / Discipline / Zoology

Behavior / Hunger

Organism / Morphology / Morphology (zoology) / Fin / Dorsal fin

Behavior / Feeding behaviour / Feed (to)


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Organism / Morphology / Morphology (zoology) / Snout

Species / Diet pattern / Carnivore (diet)

Shot / Underwater shot

Atmosphere (Ambiance) / Day

Shot / Front shot

Shot / Outdoor

Behavior / Threat

Motion / Locomotion / Swim

Behavior / Catch

Behavior / Attack


Organism / Morphology / Physical morphology / Small

Species / Relation between species / Predation / Prey

Species / Relation between species / Predation / Predator

War / Conflict

Science / Paleontology

Area / Marine area / Sea

Area / Naturalness / Natural area

Art / Plastic art / Illustration

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