A new prehistoric sea monster has been identified, after one of its fossils spent almost 150 years sitting in museum archives.  The marine predators were 10ft-long with strong jaws and serrated teeth that allowed it to feast on large prey, such as prehistoric squid.  The Ieldraan melkshamensis, named the Melksham Monster after the Wiltshire town where the fossil was found, once roamed the seas of Europe.  But the fossil was acquired by the Natural History Museum in 1875 and sat in its…

A new prehistoric sea monster has been identified, after one of its fossils spent almost 150 years sitting in museum archives. The marine predators were 10ft-long with strong jaws and serrated teeth that allowed it to feast on large prey, such as prehistoric squid. The Ieldraan melkshamensis, named the Melksham Monster after the Wiltshire town where the fossil was found, once roamed the seas of Europe. But the fossil was acquired by the Natural History Museum in 1875 and sat in its…

Leldraan melkshamensis —  nicknamed the Melksham Monster, after the English town where it was dug up — was a 10-foot-long proto-crocodile with serrated teeth that regularly chomped into massive prehistoric squid.

Leldraan melkshamensis — nicknamed the Melksham Monster, after the English town where it was dug up — was a 10-foot-long proto-crocodile with serrated teeth that regularly chomped into massive prehistoric squid.

Melksham Town in Melksham, Wiltshire

Melksham Town in Melksham, Wiltshire

#Town Hall #Melksham #Wiltshire #England. Photo by Katherine Attreed

#Town Hall #Melksham #Wiltshire #England. Photo by Katherine Attreed

Melksham Town Bridge

Melksham Town Bridge

Traditional country dancing in the Market Square in front of Melksham Town Hall

Melksham Lions 40th Anniversary Extravaganza

Traditional country dancing in the Market Square in front of Melksham Town Hall

Old works, town bridge, Melksham

Old works, town bridge, Melksham

People react to a snow machine as they gather to look at Christmas lights that adorn a house in Melksham, England, on December 8, 2012. The lights, a popular festive attraction, have returned to the town after a two-year absence and have raised thousands of pounds for charity for a local hospice, Dorothy House. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) - In Focus - The Atlantic

People react to a snow machine as they gather to look at Christmas lights that adorn a house in Melksham, England, on December 8, 2012. The lights, a popular festive attraction, have returned to the town after a two-year absence and have raised thousands of pounds for charity for a local hospice, Dorothy House. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) - In Focus - The Atlantic

In the market town of Melksham, England, Alex Goodwind's home is transformed every year thanks to his holiday spirit.

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Project 365 day 48 - Melksham Town // 76sunflowers

Project 365 day 48 - Melksham Town // 76sunflowers

Nicholas Grimshaw has completed a factory in the English town of Melksham for American furniture brand Herman Miller, 40 years after designing the company's first UK production facility

Grimshaw completes third UK factory for Herman Miller

Nicholas Grimshaw has completed a factory in the English town of Melksham for American furniture brand Herman Miller, 40 years after designing the company's first UK production facility

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