Prehistoric Models: Nothosaurs

Nothosaurs are members of an extinct order of marine reptile classified as Sauropterygians, related to plesiosaurs and pliosaurs. With a diet of fish and squids, they had a very similar lifestyles to modern seals, marine with the ability come ashore. It is believed that nothosaur-like reptiles were ancestral to the more completely marine plesiosaurs, which replaced them at the end of the Triassic Period. To see my cast model of a Nothosaur click here.

Kingdom: Animalia – Phylum: Chordata – Superclass: Tetrapoda – Class: Reptilia – Clade: Diapsida – Superorder: Sauropterygia – Order: Nothosauroidea – Family: Nothosauridae

(nothosaurs)

Triassic Period

 

Genus: Nothosaurus “false lizard
Genus pronounced: No-foe-sore-us
Species: N.‭ ‬mirabilis‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ N. cristatus, ‬N.‭ ‬cymatosauroides,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬edingerae,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬giganteus,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬haasi,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬jagisteus,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬juvenilis,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬marchicus,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬procerus,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬rostellatus,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬tchernovi,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬winterswijkensis,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬yangjuanensis,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬youngi, N. zhangi
Named by: Münster‭ ‬-‭ ‬1834
Classification: Family: Nothosauridae – Subfamily: Nothosaurinae
Time: Triassic (Anisian to Norian)
Locality: North Africa, Europe, and China
Size: 4 to 7 meters long.
Diet: Piscivore/Carnivore
 
Genus: Nothosaurus “false lizard
Genus pronounced: No-foe-sore-us
Species: N.‭ ‬mirabilis‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ N. cristatus, ‬N.‭ ‬cymatosauroides,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬edingerae,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬giganteus,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬haasi,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬jagisteus,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬juvenilis,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬marchicus,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬procerus,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬rostellatus,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬tchernovi,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬winterswijkensis,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬yangjuanensis,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬youngi, N. zhangi
Named by: Münster‭ ‬-‭ ‬1834
Classification: Family: Nothosauridae – Subfamily: Nothosaurinae
Time: Triassic (Anisian to Norian)
Locality: North Africa, Europe, and China
Size: 4 to 7 meters long.
Diet: Piscivore/Carnivore
 
Genus: Keichousaurus‭  keichow lizard
Genus pronounced: Kay-chow-sore-us
Species: K.‭ ‬hui,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬yuananensis
Named by: Young‭ ‬-‭ ‬1958
Classification: Order: Nothosauroidea, Family: Keichousauridae
Time: Triassic (Anisian to Norian)
Locality: China
Size: 15 to 30 centimeters long
Diet: Piscivore
 

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