The Mosasaur lived on almost every continent 70-75 million years ago during the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic Era. Nicknamed the "Lizard of the Maas River" for its discovery in the Netherlands near Maastricht. Mosasaurs were the largest lizards ever to evolve with a length of almost 60 feet with a long snake like tail and flippered feet. They were carnivores that ate sharks, fish, turtles, and ammonites. The head of a Mosasaur was about 6 feet long and the gape of its mouth could be 3 feet. Their large jaws had stabbing teeth and had a hinge in the mid-lower jaw similar to modern day constrictor snakes. This enabled them to swallow huge prey. What is even more amazing about these creatures is that they had curved teeth on the roof of their mouth just before their throat. Any prey still attempting to escape their massive jaws would be firmly held in place just prior to being swallowed whole. The teeth in the jaws of the Mosasaur were deeply lodged into the jaw bone, there was huge power in the bite to necessitate such well anchored teeth. Itís believed that the bite force of the Mosasaur was equal to that of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The Mosasaur was a true hunter and killer that had no rival during their existence.
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