Name: Acostasaurus ‭(‬Acosta's lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ah-kos-tah-sor-us.
Named By: M.‭ ‬Gomez-Perez‭ & ‬L.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Noe‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Sauropterygia,‭ ‬Plesiosauria,‭ ‬Pliosauridae.
Species: A.‭ ‬pavachoquensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: ‭Holotype skull about 68-70 centimetres long. Body length uncertain but roughly estimated at about 4 meters long for holotype indivdual.
Known locations: Colombia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Paja Formation.
Time period: Barremian of‭ ‬the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial post cranial remains.

       Acostasaurus is a genus of pliosaur that lived during the early Cretaceous period.‭ ‬Acostasaurus was a small to middle sized pliosaur that seems to have‭ ‬differed from brachauchenisine pliosaur that were otherwise common at the time and location.‭ ‬This could suggest that Acostasaurus had a different lifestyle/feeding preference to other larger pliosaurs.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Cranial anatomy of a new pliosaurid Acostasaurus pavachoquensis from the Lower Cretaceous of Colombia,‭ ‬South America.‭ ‬Palaeontographica Abteilung A‭ ‬310‭(‬1-2‭)‬:5-42.‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Gomez-Perez‭ & ‬L.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Noe‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.


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