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Predator X (TV program)

Predator X is a 2009 television special on the cable television channel History. The show documents the excavation of a giant pliosaur on an island in the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago.[1] The special follows Dr. Jørn Hurum and a team of paleontologists from the University of Oslo as they excavate the site.

The specimen — claimed by Hurum at the time to be a new species[2] — had not received a taxonomic classification by the time of the television special and was, therefore, codenamed "Predator X". The team initially called their discovery "The Monster", and the nickname has been used extensively by the media.[3][4][5]

The initial discovery was made in 2006, as part of a find of dozens of pliosaur and plesiosaur specimens. At nearly 15 m (49 ft) in length, "The Monster" is the largest pliosaur skeleton ever discovered, considerably larger than Kronosaurus.[6][7]

In 2012, it was given the taxonomic name Pliosaurus funkei.


  1. ^ "Monsterdiggers 2008". University of Oslo.
  2. ^ "Fossil sea monster biggest of its kind". ABC News. February 2, 2008.
  3. ^ Deshayes, Pierre-Henry (October 11, 2006). "'The Monster' helps piece together puzzle". The Standard.
  4. ^ "'Monster' found in Jurassic graveyard". NBC News. October 5, 2006.
  5. ^ "Fossil sea monster big enough to "bite a car"". February 28, 2008.
  6. ^ "Enormous Jurassic Sea Predator, Pliosaur, Discovered In Norway". Science Daily. February 9, 2008.
  7. ^ "Fossil 'makes T-Rex look feeble'",, 17 March 2009.

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