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Platecarpus - aquatic and water reptiles images

Named after the ancient Greek word combination that can be translated as "lizard of flat wrist" since it had two pairs of dorsal fins, extended in the form of flat five-fingered wrists.

It lived in the Late Cretaceous period of the geologic timescale, some 85-80 million years ago, in the oceans and seas of today's North America. It grew up to 4.3 meters long, and weighed 1,500 kg. It was carnivorous, feeding on fish and other small marine animals.

Platecarpus was similar in shape to sharks of today, with a spindly body and large pointy head with gill openings without cover. Its jaws were equipped with sharp conical teeth. The body ended up in the form of a long down-turned tail with a large triangular dorsal lobe on it.

 

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