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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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Keichousaurus

Name: Keichousaurus Pronounced: Kay-Choo-Saw-Russ Classification: Nothosauroidea Sub-family: Keichousauridae Temporal Range: Middle to Late Triassic (240-225 Mya) Length: 0.3 metres Information: – Discovery: Keichousaurus is unique in that it is one of the only known nothosaurs found exclusively in Asia. The first known … Continue reading

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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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