Friday, October 25, 1946
Like Relic Of
Huge Reptile Found
On shore in Alaska
By Don P. Knudsen
Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 24
(INS) -- Today I saw the body of
some kind of reptile that looks as
though it came out of the prehistoric
days when the earth was
I heard this morning that a monster
had been found on the Kenai
Peninsula (In Alaska) and I decided
to see for myself.
So with Bill Renfrew, an Anchorage
lawyer, I took a float plane
and flew from Anchorage to the
scene (roughly 150 miles away.)
We found the monster at the high
tide mark on the rocky beach.
Fifty feet behind it is a sheer cliff rising
at least 200 feet.
That monster ia really something.
It is 18 feet 10 inches long, from
tip to tip. Of the total, the tail is
five feet five inches long. The
head is three feet 6 inches long
and two feet 2 1/2 inches wide.
There are 22 teeth in the lower
jaw and 20 in the upper jaw, and
they all are sharp pointed. There
were that many, that is—I brought
one tooth back with me. It is
about 3 1/2 inches long.
The animal looks like a big reptile
with a long jaw, but not as
long as an alligator's jaw.
The head comes to a sharp point
at the nose—I'd call it a reptilian
head. The hind legs are long and
heavy, but the fore legs are small,
so I suppose it walked mainly on
the hind legs.
Backbone Sticks Through Hide
The animal is still covered with
skin, which is very leathery, but
the backbone sticks out through
There seems to be some bristly
hair on the hind quarters. It is
mottled black and gray. The whole
thing had been weathered somewhat
by the surf.
It looks to me as though a storm
tossed the monster up to the high
I figure it probably was preserved
in a glacier and recently
dropped out into an iceberg that
later melted in warmer waters.
There are three glaciers within 100
miles of the scene.
Encyclopedia Gives Clue
When we got back to Anchorage
I looked in the Encyclopedia Britannica,
and the monster appears
to be either a prehistoric tyrannosaurus
or a gorgonasaurus. (The
tyrannosaurus was a descendant
of the gorgonasaurus.)
(The encyclopedia reports that
the tyrannosaurus stood 18 feet
high and was 38 feet long and lived
in the Cretaceous period of the
earth's development. The gorgonasaurus
was smaller and
roamed what is now Alberta, Canada.)