University of Portsmouth unveils 'most dangerous place on the planet’
PALAEONTOLOGISTS from the city’s university have unveiled what they believe was at one time ‘the most dangerous place on the planet’.
Researchers from the University of Portsmouth teamed up with other scientists investigating an area of rock formations in south-eastern Morocco, known as the Kem Kem Group.
The proclamation comes after the discovery of the fossilised remains of three of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever known.
The largest was the sabre-toothed Carcharodontosaurus which was over eight metres in length with an enormous jaw containing eight inch serrated teeth.
Dr Nizar Ibrahim, who was working with the university, said: ‘This was arguably the most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth - a place where a human time-traveller would not last very long.’
The area was home to these enormous predators due to the abundance of potential food including massive fish.
Professor David Martill from the University of Portsmouth added: ‘This place was filled with absolutely enormous fish, including giant coelacanths and lungfish. There was also an enormous freshwater shark called Onchopristis with the most fearsome of rostral teeth like barbed daggers, but beautifully shiny.’
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