Predator X

‭*‬Special note,‭ ‬since this page was uploaded,‭ ‬Predator X has finally been granted a binomial name,‭ ‬and is today recognised as a species of Pliosaurus,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬funkei.‭ ‬For more complete and up to date information regarding this genus of pliosaur,‭ ‬it is recommended that you also look up the main Pliosaurus page here.‭ ‬On an additional note,‭ ‬although this page labels Predator X as a‭ ‬15‭ ‬meter pliosaur,‭ ‬new estimates for its size now range between‭ ‬10‭ ‬and‭ ‬12.8‭ ‬meters in length.‭ ‬Though now described as something else,‭ ‬this page remains online for archive purposes
‭*‬Remember,‭ ‬the pliosaur formerly known as Predator X is no longer considered to have been‭ ‬15‭ ‬meters long.‭ ‬A more up to date size comparison for this animal appears on the main Pliosaurus page.

Name: Predator X ‭(‬This is not a binomal name for a genus,‭ ‬it is more a reference name for an as yet undescribed marine reptile that is still under study‭)‬.
Phonetic: Pred-a-tor ecks.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Sauropterygia,‭ ‬Plesiosauria,‭ ‬Neoplesiosauria,‭ ‬Pliosauroidea‭ ‬-‭ ‬Further than this remains uncertain at this time.
Species: Binomal name not currently granted.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Possibly as much as‭ ‬15‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Svalbard.
Time period: Tithonian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Single very fragmentary individual composed of around twenty thousand pieces.‭

       Predator X is the informal name given to‭ ‬a‭ ‬marine reptile that is still undergoing reconstruction and study.‭ ‬This marine reptile is excitingly,‭ ‬possibly the largest pliosaur ever to live,‭ ‬but frustratingly the most fragmented.‭ ‬With fossil remains of an individual that is composed of roughly twenty thousand bone fragments,‭ ‬the reconstruction of Predator X‭ ‬is akin to assembling a super difficult three dimensional jigsaw without even the original image for reference.‭ ‬As such palaeontologists have been painstakingly reassembling this massive marine predator,‭ ‬doing everything that they can to get it right.
       From the work done so far Predator X appears to have been an exceptionally large pliosaur,‭ ‬a group of marine reptiles that were an evolutionary offshoot from the long necked plesiosaurs that ended up being the apex predators of‭ ‬the‭ ‬worlds‭’‬ oceans throughout the Jurassic and early to mid-Cretaceous periods.‭ ‬Unlike their plesiosaur cousins however,‭ ‬pliosaurs notably had shorter necks that supported much larger skulls.‭ ‬Early indications of the total size of Predator X suggest that it may have grown to around fifteen meters long,‭ ‬making it much bigger that other well-known large pliosaurs such as Kronosaurus and Pliosaurus and a lot bigger than Liopleurodon which is often incorrectly labelled as reaching twenty-five meters long when in fact the largest known specimen is a little over six meters long.‭ ‬Predator X may have also been a match for the later giant mosasaurs such as Tylosaurus and‭ ‬Mosasaurus which lived later at the end of the Cretaceous.
       The large size of Predator X meant that when fully grown it would have been capable of taking down almost any other prey from marine reptiles like plesiosaurs,‭ ‬ichthyosaurs and smaller pliosaurs to gigantic fish similar to Leedsichthys.‭ ‬The massive jaws would have had equally powerful muscles that would have given Predator X one of the largest bite forces of all the animals in the fossil record,‭ ‬although the giant shark C.‭ ‬megalodon may have been able to match Predator X,‭ ‬with larger individuals actually exceeding it.‭ ‬Regardless of whether Predator X had the highest bite force or not,‭ ‬its thirty centimetre long teeth would still have been driven through the bodies of prey animals with easily enough force to kill them.
       Study regarding the brain cavity of Predator X has revealed that its brain was actually similar to the much smaller great white shark‭ (‬Carcharodon carcharias‭)‬ in both size and type.‭ ‬This is not to imply that Predator X was stupid however as in order to be an effective hunter it would just need the brain power to analyse its surroundings and identify prey.‭ ‬Beyond this further development would be unnecessary.


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