TYLOSAUARUS

(Ty-lo-sore-us)

He never really asked for this one, but it was like getting a second cat. His plesiosaurus had no friends to play with. And this one had a way better mouth! (We discovered a pleasant surprise when it was discovered most open-mouthed-toys can be pressed closed for chewing action.

Unlike other mosasaurs, Tylosaurus did not use its flippers for propulsion. It used it powerful tail in large back and forth sweeping motions. It was a dominant predator of the Western Interior Seaway, which is now the United States and Canada.

Name means:
Knob Lizard

This was in referernce to the large protruding snout compared to other pliosaurs

Diet
Carnivore

Fish, sharks, smaller mosasaurs, sea birds

Time Period
Cretaceousa

Size & Weight
Length:
46 feet / 14 meters
(semi truck trailer)

Weight:
6600 pounds / 3 Tonnes
(ABout the weight of an elephant)

Discovered In
North America
Canada and the United States

Head
Large snout full of sharp teeth with damage indicating territorial battles;ecosystems support few giant predators
Flippers
Flippers not for propulsion; unlike other pliosaurs
Tail

Large and powerful
Source of propulsion
Swept back and forth

Jaws

Teeth were not primary attack weapons, reinforced snout used for attack

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Mosasauridae
Parafamily Russellosaurina
Subfamily Tylosaurinae
Genus TYLOSAURUS

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