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A bizarre prehistoric seabeast with a neck longer than a giraffe's, and a crocodile-like head has been uncovered 70 million years after it stalked the oceans.

The skeleton of the 23-foot creature was discovered in the Pierre Shale in the US state of Wyoming, where there was once a huge inland sea.

Now the predator, whose name Serpentisuchops literally translates to 'snakey crocodile-face' has been documented by scientists for the first time.

Scott Persons, the lead author of the new study and a geology professor at the College of Charleston, painted a strange picture as he described the creature's appearance.

'Imagine a lizard about the size of a cow,' he said.

'Now, replace its legs with flippers, stretch out its neck by two-and-a-half meters and give it a long, narrow mouth – like a crocodile's.'

A bizarre prehistoric seabeast with a neck longer than a giraffe's, and a crocodile-like head has been uncovered 70 million years after it stalked the oceans

A bizarre prehistoric seabeast with a neck longer than a giraffe's, and a crocodile-like head has been uncovered 70 million years after it stalked the oceans 

The predator, whose name Serpentisuchops literally translates to 'snakey crocodile-face' has been documented by scientists for the first time

The predator, whose name Serpentisuchops literally translates to 'snakey crocodile-face' has been documented by scientists for the first time

The skeleton of the 23-foot creature was discovered in the Pierre Shale in the US state of Wyoming, where there was once a huge inland sea

The skeleton of the 23-foot creature was discovered in the Pierre Shale in the US state of Wyoming, where there was once a huge inland sea

Plesiosaur was first discovered 200 years ago

The first complete skeleton of a plesiosaur was found by English fossil hunter Mary Anning in Lyme Regis, Dorset, in 1823.

The prehistoric reptile had a small head, long neck, and four long flippers. 

It was named 'near lizard', because it more closely resemble modern reptiles than icthyosaurus, which had been found in the same rock strata a few years earlier.

It lived from the late Triassic Period into the late Cretaceous Period, around 215 million to 66 million years ago, before being wiped out with the dinosaurs. 

Plesiosaurs inspired reconstructions of the Loch Ness Monster, but were traditionally thought to be sea creatures. 

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It's a description that might bring to mind plesiosaurs, the prehistoric seabeast often taken as a model for the mythical Loch Ness Monster.

But even among these, the Serpentisuchops pfisterae is an oddball.

Dr Persons said: 'When I was a student, I was taught that all late-evolving plesiosaurs fall into one of two anatomical

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