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Monstrous instant fossilization evidence. Or what?

A large 4 meter marine reptile coiled inside the stomach of a larger ichythyosaurs, yet no signs of digestion, has been found in China. Amazing large evidence for catastrophic instant fossilisation and transmutation of elements, especially sea water into rocky material.

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The hunters neck was also strangely broken and it’s food seems rather charcoaled, perhaps a little well done for most dinosaur era creatures, especially in the sea. And what of the separated tail only meters away?

Guizhouichthyosaurus was almost 5 m long, while its prey was about 4 m long, although thalattosaurs had skinnier bodies than ichythyosaurs. “Our ichthyosaur’s stomach contents weren’t etched by stomach acid, so it must have died quite soon after ingesting this food item,” Professor Motani said.

“However, there is reason to believe this was not a case of scavenging: modern marine decomposition studies suggest that if left to decay, the thalattosaur’s limbs would disintegrate and detach before the tail. Instead, we found the opposite in these fossils.”

“At first, we just didn’t believe it, but after spending several years visiting the dig site and looking at the same specimens, we finally were able to swallow what we were seeing.”
Paleontologists Find Massive Marine Reptile in Stomach of Triassic Ichthyosaur | Sci-news

Catastrophe geology may help start to explain some of this Chinese puzzle. Possible scenarios, as suggested by lots of other very rapid preservation and fossils.

This was part of local, regional or worldwide catastrophic events.

In other Doomsdays the humans and mixed dinosaurs fled away from the energetic events in the warring skies or their weapons of natural destruction from the ground. Rapidly leaving those amazingly preserved mud tracks. The footprints normally show them all moving in one direction. And lots of fossils in what was previously salty water or now petrified forests.

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The team is still excavating the site where the pair of fossils were found, which has now been turned into a museum. “We’ve been digging in that particular quarry for more than ten years now, and still, new things are coming out,” says Motani. “At this point, it’s beyond our initial expectations, and we’ll just have to see what we’ll discover next.”
Evidence Supporting Predation of 4-m Marine Reptile by Triassic Megapredator

The ichthyosaur swallowed a creature, then both bodies were instantaneously fossilized and the local water transmuted into the host rock material. Perhaps the chemical elements were changed through non or low thermal energy transmutation of elements.

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As I know nothing of the actual location of this reptile this may not even have a starting chance – The Guizhou province fossil beds might be like a natural variation of a Lagerstätte or those fossil attracting/dumping caves like Malta’s Ghar Dalam Cave.

Apex megapredators or opportunists?

If the prey was already dead it could have been recently killed by the ongoing event. The Guizhouichthyosaurus may have swallowed it while both floating on the surface or it was sinking to the floor or already on the bottom

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In the abdominal region of this specimen, an obvious block of packed bones bulges above the bedding plane. After a detailed preparation, it can be discerned that the bones inside of this bulging block are not ichthyosaurian but originated from a thalattosaur, which was most likely hunted by the ichthyosaur.

… ingestion likely took place at the sea surface where Guizhouichthyosaurus was able to breathe because swallowing of a large food item would have taken a long time, whether the food was ingested in one or a few pieces.
Evidence Supporting Predation of 4-m Marine Reptile by Triassic Megapredator

If the Chinese ichthyosaurus was eating on the surface then the first or a secondary effect could also have killed it, dislocating its neck.

Circumstantial evidence suggests that the isolated tail belongs to the prey individual in the bromalite. The tail was only 23 m away from the ichthyosaur specimen on the same rock surface and has a size and completeness that are expected for the lost tail of the prey in the bromalite. Also, as stated above, its preservation suggests that the tail was detached from the body while it was intact.

If it is from the prey individual, the predator likely died soon after ingesting the prey, and that may explain the lack of etching of the bone in the bromalite by the stomach acid, as well as the strange detachment of the neck of the predator.
Evidence Supporting Predation of 4-m Marine Reptile by Triassic Megapredator

The bromalite tail was found only 23 meters from the ichthyosaur. Standard geology would then have to imply that no matter where lunch was eaten the prey’s tail were found on the seabed floor, nearly instantly after it had swallowed its main course.

But it could have been floating in the water after just being separated from its previous owner, then an electromagnetic event and forces turned in situ the chemical compounds of the water and the reptiles to stone.

While the researchers can’t say for sure whether the thalattosaur was scavenged or preyed upon, their work could be the oldest direct evidence that Triassic marine reptiles like ichthyosaurs — previously thought to be cephalopod feeders — were apex megapredators.
Massive Reptile Discovered in the Belly of a Triassic Megapredator

Foreign body

Some gemstones and concretions seem to form around an inclusion in the host material, a material with different electromagnetic potentials. The reptile in the stomach seems to be a much darker colour than the host creature.

instant fossils element transmutation of sea water china