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Temporal range: Early Cretaceous, Berriasian
Skull of Brancasaurus in dorsal and lateral view, and showing the tip of the snout (C) in ventral view
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Order: Plesiosauria
Family: Leptocleididae[1]
Genus: Brancasaurus
Wegner, 1914
  • Brancasaurus brancai Wegner, 1914 (type)

Brancasaurus is an extinct genus of plesiosaur from the Early Cretaceous of what is now Germany. The type species is Brancasaurus brancai, first named by Wegner in 1914 in honor of German paleontologist Wilhelm von Branca. Brancasaurus was similar to Elasmosaurus; like Elasmosaurus, it had a long neck and a small head.[2]

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  1. ^ Ketchum, H. F., and Benson, R. B. J. (2010). "Global interrelationships of Plesiosauria (Reptilia, Sauropterygia) and the pivotal role of taxon sampling in determining the outcome of phylogenetic analyses". Biological Reviews 85: 361–392. doi:10.1111/j.1469-185X.2009.00107.x. PMID 20002391. 
  2. ^ Druckenmiller, Patrick S. and Russell, Anthony P. (2006). "A new elasmosaurid plesiosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Lower Cretaceous Clearwater Formation, northeastern Alberta, Canada" (PDF). Paludicola 5 (4): 184–199. 

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