Plesiopleurodon

Name: Plesiopleurodon ‭(‬near Liopleurodon‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ples-e-o-plur-o-don.
Named By: K.‭ ‬Carpenter‭ ‬-‭ ‬1996.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Plesiosauria,‭ ‬Plesiosauroidea,‭ ‬Polycotylidae.
Species: P.‭ ‬wellesi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Wyoming‭ ‬-‭ ‬Hailey Shales Formation‭ (‬Belle Fourche Member‭)‬.
Time period: Early Cenomanian‭ ‬of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and lower jaws,‭ ‬as well as cervical‭ (‬neck‭) ‬vertebrae and a coracoid‭ (‬part of the shoulder‭)‬.

       Plesiopleurodon is a genus of polycotylid plesiosaur that is known to have lived in the Western Interior seaway of North America during the early part of the Late Cretaceous.‭ ‬As with others of its kind,‭ ‬Plesiopleurodon would have had a proportionately shorter neck and longer jaws than other plesiosaurs.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A review of short-necked plesiosaurs of the Western Interior,‭ ‬North America.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Neues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und Palaontologie,‭ ‬Abhandlungen‭ ‬201‭(‬2‭)‬:259-287.‭ ‬-‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Carpenter‭ ‬-‭ ‬1996.



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