Platecarpus (“flat wrist”)

… is an extinct genus of aquatic saurian (in the same group as lizards and snakes) belonging to the mosasaur family, living around 84-81 million years ago during the middle Santonian to early Campanian, of the Late Cretaceous period. Fossils have been found in the United States as well as a possible specimen in Belgium and Africa. Platecarpus probably fed on fish, squid, and ammonites. Like other mosasaurs, it was initially thought to have swum in an eel-like fashion, although a recent study suggests that it swam more like modern sharks…

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(images: T - Dmitry Bogdanov; B - Lindgren et al.)

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