A new reconstruction of a Jurassic pliosaures will be unveiled at the museum of natural history this weekend.
Simolestes keileni was one of the greatest pliosaures that swam in the oceans of the Jurassic era. Possessing salt secreting glands that enabled it to maintain salt balance and drink seawater, Simolestes' are also believed to have fed on a diet of smaller seafood.
An almost complete lower jaw and part of the postcranial skeleton were found in the 1980s in Lorraine and bequeathed to the National Museum of Natural History. The fossil is a national treasure and was first exhibited at the “natur musée” during the “Unexpected Treasures” exhibition in 2018.
Now a true-to-life reconstruction of the head of the Jurassic monster has been made by a specialised workshop and will be exhibited next to the original fossil. As well as the unveiling on Saturday afternoon, on Sunday the museum will be holding a drawing competition as well as guided tours from 3 to 4 pm and a workshop on moulding a tooth of the sea monster from 3 to 5 pm.