Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lariosaurus

Name: Lariosaurus Pronounced: La-Ree-Oh-Saw-Russ Classification: Nothosauroidea Sub-family: Nothosauridae Temporal Range: Middle Triassic (240-235 Mya) Length: 0.6 metres Information: – Discovery: The first Lariosaurus specimen was discovered in 1830, recovered from the glacial Lake Como in Italy. It was named by Italian paleontologist G. … Continue reading

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Nothosaurus

Name: Nothosaurus Pronounced: No-Foe-Saw-Russ Classification: Nothosauroidea Sub-family: Nothosauridae Temporal Range: Middle to Late Triassic (240-210 Mya) Length: 4 metres Information: – Discovery: Nothosaurus is the best known member of the nothosaur family and its discovery in 1834 by German paleontologist G. von … Continue reading

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Ceresiosaurus

Name: Ceresiosaurus Pronounced: Say-Ree-See-Oh-Saw-Russ Classification: Nothosauroidea Sub-family: Nothosauridae Temporal Range: Middle Triassic (245-240 Mya) Length: 3 metres Information: – Discovery: Ceresiosaurus was first named in 1931 by paleontologist Bernhard Peyer. Fossils have been discovered in both southern Switzerland and northern Italy but … Continue reading

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Nothosaurs

We started off our Triassic series looking at the placodonts, a group of turtle-like marine reptiles. The placodonts existed solely during the Triassic years, becoming extincted at the end of the time period.  The second group of creatures that shared … Continue reading

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Henodus

Name: Henodus Pronounced: Hee-No-Duss Classification: Placodontia Sub-family: Henodontid Temporal Range: Late Triassic (235-223.4 Mya) Length: 1 metre Information: – Discovery: Henodus is the only known member of the henodontid family of placodonts. Fossils of Henodus have been discovered in Germany and the … Continue reading

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Placochelys

Name: Placochelys Pronounced: Plack-Oh-Kell-Iss Classification: Placodontia Sub-family: Placochelyid Temporal Range: Middle Triassic (239.5-223.4 Mya) Length: 0.9 metres Information: – Discovery: Placochelys is a member of the placochelyid family of placodonts. The first fossil specimen was recovered in 1902 from Hungary … Continue reading

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Cyamodus

Name: Cyamodus Pronounced: Sigh-Ah-Mode-Uss Classification: Placodontia Sub-family: Cyamodontid Temporal Range: Middle Triassic (241.1-235 Mya) Length: 1.3 metres Information: – Discovery: Cyamodus was a placodont known from fossil remains found in Germany. It was named by Christian Erich Hermann von Meyer … Continue reading

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