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Temporal range: Early Jurassic
Attenborosaurus conybearei 2.JPG
Cast of the Attenborosaurus holotype which was destroyed in World War II, at the Natural History Museum, London
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Order: Plesiosauria
Suborder: Pliosauroidea
Family: Pliosauridae
Genus: Attenborosaurus
Bakker, 1993

Attenborosaurus is an extinct genus of plesiosaur from the Early Jurassic of Dorset, England. The type species is A. conybeari.


The genus is named after David Attenborough, the species after William Conybeare.



The following cladogram follows an analysis by Ketchum & Benson, 2011.[1]

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  1. ^ Hilary F. Ketchum and Roger B. J. Benson (2011). "A new pliosaurid (Sauropterygia, Plesiosauria) from the Oxford Clay Formation (Middle Jurassic, Callovian) of England: evidence for a gracile, longirostrine grade of Early-Middle Jurassic pliosaurids". Special Papers in Palaeontology 86: 109–129. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2011.01083.x. 

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List of animals named after celebrities

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