Prehistoric Models: Atopodentatus

Atopodentatus is a members of an extinct superorder of marine reptile classified as Sauropterygians, related to nothosaurs, plesiosaurs, and pliosaurs. Atopodentatus is one of the few herbivorous marine reptiles known to the fossil record. Appearing a mere six million years after the Permian/Triassic extinction, one of the largest in Earth’s history.

Kingdom: Animalia – Phylum: Chordata – Superclass: Tetrapoda – Class: Reptilia – Clade: Diapsida – Superorder: Sauropterygia


Anisian of the Triassic Period


Genus: Atopodentatus “‬unusual toothed”
Genus pronounced: Ah-top-o-den-tah-tus
Species: A.‭ ‬unicus‭ (‬type‭)
Named by: L.‭ ‬Cheng,‭ ‬X.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Chen,‭ ‬Q.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Shang‭ & ‬X.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Wu‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014
Classification: Superorder: Sauropterygia
Time: Triassic (Anisian)
Locality: China, Yunnan Province, Luoping County, Guanling Formation
Size: 42.75 meters long.
Diet: Herbivore

The video below is from my YouTube Jurassic James 65:

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