Click here for more Pliosaur Pictures
Early Pliosaurs are generally similar to Plesiosaurs in appearance, and are believed to have evolved from Plesiosaurs. It is not however entirely clear whether all Pliosaurs evolved from a common ancestor, or whether different species of Pliosaurs independently evolved similar adaptations.
Pliosaurs can be recognized by their short neck (in contrast to the longer neck of Plesiosaurs), and their four paddle-like limbs. Their heads were elongated and filled with conical teeth - suggesting they were carnivores. Pliosaurs are believed to have eaten fish, Ichthyosaurs, Plesiosaurs, and other Pliosaurs. Pliosaurs ranged between 13 feet (4 meters) and 50 feet (15 meters) in length - and the skulls of the largest animals were 10 feet (3 meters) in length.
Fossils of Pliosaurs have been found around the world including in England, Norway, the United States, Mexico, South America, and Australia.
Pliosaurs were marine reptiles that lived between 228 and 65 million years ago
Related Information & Resources
Discuss This Page
Please feel free to post your comments:
Linking to This Page
We do hope that you find this site useful. We welcome people linking to this website or citing us.