Category Archives: Triassic – Thalattosaurs

Thalattosaurus

Name: Thalattosaurus Pronounced: Tha-La-Toe-Saw-Russ Classification: Thalattosauria Sub-family: Thalattosauridae Temporal Range: Middle to Late Triassic (241-223 Mya) Length: 2 metres Information: – Discovery: Thalattosaurus was first named in 1904 by American paleontologist John C. Merriam, alongside the creation of thalattosauria order. The original fossil specimen was … Continue reading

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Askeptosaurus

Name: Askeptosaurus Pronounced: Ah-Skep-Toe-Saw-Russ Classification: Thalattosauria Sub-family: Askeptosauridae Temporal Range: Middle Triassic (235-225 Mya) Length: 2 metres Information: – Discovery: Askeptosaurus is the type specimen of the askeptosaurid group, one of the two sub-families of thalattosaurs. The first remains were discovered in … Continue reading

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Thalattosaurs

We started off our Triassic series looking at the placodonts, a group of turtle-like marine reptiles and then the nothosaurs. Both of these animal groups existed solely during the Triassic era before becoming extinct at the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. The final group … Continue reading

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