Named By: M. Gomez-Perez & L. E. Noe - 2017.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Sauropterygia, Plesiosauria, Pliosauridae.
Species: A. pavachoquensis (type).
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.
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
different lifestyle/feeding preference to other larger pliosaurs.
- 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.