Thaumatodracon

Name: Thaumatodracon ‭(‬Wonder dragon‭)‬.
Phonetic: Fow-mah-toe-dray-kon.
Named By: A.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Smith‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬Ara˙jo‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Sauropterygia,‭ ‬Plesiosauria,‭ ‬Rhomaleosauridae.
Species: T.‭ ‬wiedenrothi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/piscivore.
Size: Holotype skull roughly about‭ 65 ‬centimetres long. Total length uncertain, but holotype specimen roughly estimated at 4 meters long when compared to other rhomaleosaurid pliosaurs.
Known locations: United Kingdom,‭ ‬England,‭ ‬Dorset.
Time period: Sinemurian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Skull and cervical vertebrae.




       Formally named in‭ ‬2017,‭ ‬Thaumatodracon was a medium sized rhomaleosaurid pliosaur.‭ ‬For those unfamiliar with the term,‭ ‬rhomaleosaurids were very similar to the long necked plesiosaurs,‭ ‬but with significantly larger skulls than other pliosaurs.‭ ‬As such,‭ ‬and like other rhomaleosaurids,‭ ‬Thaumatodracon would have been a predator of medium to large sized fish,‭ ‬hunting in the Tethys‭ ‬Ocean that once submerged much of Europe.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Thaumatodracon wiedenrothi,‭ ‬a morphometrically and stratigraphically intermediate new rhomaleosaurid plesiosaurian from the Lower Jurassic‭ (‬Sinemurian‭) ‬of Lyme Regis.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Palaeontographica Abteilung A‭ ‬308‭(‬4‭–‬6‭)‬:89-125.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Smith‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬Ara˙jo‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.



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