Name: Paludidraco (marsh/swamp dragon).
Phonetic: ‭P‬ah-lu-de-dray-ko.
Named By: C.‭ ‬de Miguel Chaves,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Ortega‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬Pérez-García‭ ‬-‭ ‬2018.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Sauropterygia,‭ ‬Nothosauroidea,‭ ‬Simosauridae.
Species: P.‭ ‬multidentatus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Filter feeder‭?
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬2.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Spain‭ ‬-‭ ‬Keuper Formation.
Time period: Carnian/Norian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skulls and post cranial skeleton.

       Paludidraco is a genus of nothosaur known to have lived in Western European waters of the late Triasssic period.‭ ‬Paludidraco is thought to have been similar to‭ ‬the‭ ‬Simosaurus genus,‭ ‬yet while Simosaurus is thought to have been an active predator,‭ ‬the markedly different dentition of Paludidraco suggest a different lifestyle.‭ ‬The jaws of Paludidraco are notably lightweight,‭ ‬and the teeth quite small but very numerous.‭ ‬When the jaws closed,‭ ‬these teeth meshed together.‭ ‬One possibility is that Paludidraco may have cruised around near the ocean floor and taken mouthfuls of soft sediment from the sea floor.‭ ‬With a shaking head action,‭ ‬the sediment particles would be sieved out from the sides of the mouth,‭ ‬while any invertebrates within would remain inside so that they could be swallowed.

Further reading
-‭ ‬New highly pachyostotic nothosauroid interpreted as a filter-feeding Triassic marine reptile.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Biology Letters‭ ‬14:20180130.‭ ‬-‭ ‬C.‭ ‬de Miguel Chaves,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Ortega‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬Pérez-García‭ ‬-‭ ‬2018.


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