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Dolichorhynchops bonneri

Pronounced (DOLI-CORE-ING-COPS BONN-ER-I) Nickname: “Dolly” Discovery Location: Wyoming & South Dakota Diet: Marine animals (carnivore) Period: Late Cretaceous Age: 80 Million years old Formation: Pierre Shale Formation Length: 15 ft Location of Original Specimen(s): University of Kansas Natural History Museum This is a rare short-necked plesiosaur related to the famous Elasmosaurus. This composite skeleton measures […]

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Elasmosaurus platyurus

Pronounced (EE-LAS-MOH-SOAR-US PLAT-E-U-RUS) Nickname: “Cope’s Mistake” Discovered By: Theophilus Turner, 1867 Discovery Location:Logan County, Kansas Location of Original Specimen: Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science, Philadelphia, Pennslyvania Diet: Fish (Piscivorous) Period: Late Cretaceous Age: 80 million years Formation: Pierre Shale Length: 42 ft Discovered in 1867 by a passing pioneer and collected the following year by […]

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Platecarpus tympaniticus

Pronounced (PLAT-EE-KAR-PUS TIM-PAN-I-TI-KUS ) Discovered By: Mike Triebold, 1986 Discovery Location: Lane County, Kansas Location of Original Specimen: Gunma Prefectural Museum, Japan Diet: Meat Eater (Carnivore) Period: Late Cretaceous Age: 83 million years Formation: Niobrara Chalk Length: 15 ft Platecarpus was a member of the group of marine lizards called mosasaurs (MOE-ZAH-SOARS). Scientists have found […]

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Toxochelys latiremis

Pronounced (TOKS-UH-KEE-leez lat-ee-ray-mis) Discovered By: Mike Triebold, 1993 Discovery Location: Lane County, Kansas Diet: Opportunistic (Omnivore) Period: Late Cretaceous Age: 83 million years Formation: Niobrara Chalk Length: 2-4 ft Toxochelys was probably the most abundant turtle in the North American inland seaway. It is a close relative of modern sea turtles. Toxochelys had numerous adaptations […]

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Clidastes

Pronounced (KLIE-DAS-TEEZ) Discovered By: “Duffer” Mogok Discovery Location: Grove County, Kansas Diet: Meat Eater (Carnivore) Period: Late Cretaceous Age: 83 million years Formation: Niobrara Chalk Length: 11 ft Clidastes was the smallest of the mosasaurs, averaging 2-4 meters (7-12 feet) in length, with the largest specimens reaching 6.2 meters (20 feet) long. Clidastes was an […]

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Tylosaurus proriger

Pronounced (TIE-LOW-SOAR-US PRO-RIG-ER) Nick name: “Bunker Tylosaur” Discovered By: C. D. Bunker, 1911 Discovery Location: Western Kansas Location of Original Specimen: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas Diet: Meat Eater (Carnivore) Period: Late-Cretaceous Age: 83 million years Formation: Niobrara Chalk Length: 45 ft This specimen, the largest mosasaur ever found in North America, was collected in […]

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