Simolestes

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Not to be confused with Cimolestes.
Simolestes
Temporal range: 171–145 Ma
Middle-Late Jurassic
Simolestes.jpg
Diagram of the skull of S. vorax
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Order: Plesiosauria
Family: Pliosauridae
Clade: Thalassophonea
Genus: Simolestes
Species

S. vorax (type species)
S. indicus
S. keileni

Simolestes (meaning "hearkening thief") is an extinct pliosaurid genus that lived in the Middle to Late Jurassic.[1]

Restoration of S. vorax
Life reconstruction of Simolestes vorax

Simolestes could exceed 10m in length.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith AS, Dyke GJ. 2008. The skull of the giant predatory pliosaur Rhomaleosaurus cramptoni: implications for plesiosaur phylogenetics. Naturwissenschaften e-published 2008.
  2. ^ Forrest, R. (2000). A large rhomaleosaurid pliosaur from the Upper Lias of Rutland. Mercian Geologist, 15(1), 37-40.[1]