Fresnosaurus

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Fresnosaurus
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Order: Plesiosauria
Family: Elasmosauridae
Genus: Fresnosaurus
Species
  • Fresnosaurus drescheri (type) Welles, 1943

Fresnosaurus is an extinct genus of plesiosaur from the Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian stage) of what is now California. The type species is Fresnosaurus drescheri, first described by Welles in 1943. The generic name Fresnosaurus honors Fresno County, while the specific name honors Arthur Drescher.

Fresnosaurus was probably at least 30 feet in length. Like all elasmosaurid plesiosaurs, it probably ate small bony fish, belemnites, and ammonites.

References[edit]

  • Sepkoski, J.J. (2002). A compendium of fossil marine animal genera. Bulletins of American Paleontology 363: 1-560.

External links[edit]

  • Fresnosaurus from the Plesiosauria Translation and Pronunciation Guide