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Temporal range: Late Jurassic
Holotype skull in multiple views
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Rhynchocephalia
Family: Sphenodontidae
Genus: Oenosaurus
Rauhut et al., 2012
Type species
Oenosaurus muehlheimensis
Rauhut et al., 2012

Oenosaurus is an extinct genus of sphenodontian reptile from the Late Jurassic of Germany.[1]

Close up of tooth plate

Diet and lifestyle[edit]

It is likely that Oenosaurus led a durophagous lifestyle as indicated by the broad tooth plates.[1] It is unknown if this animal was aquatic or terrestrial.


  1. ^ a b Rauhut, O. W. M.; Heyng, A. M.; López-Arbarello, A.; Hecker, A. (2012). Farke, Andrew A (ed.). "A New Rhynchocephalian from the Late Jurassic of Germany with a Dentition That is Unique amongst Tetrapods". PLoS ONE. 7 (10): e46839. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046839. PMC 3485277. PMID 23118861.