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Platecarpus
PLAT-ee-KAR-pus, “oar wrist”

Platecarpus is a medium sized example of the mosasaurs, an extinct group of Cretaceous marine reptiles. Mosasaurs reached lengths of over 15 metres. Swimming was done by undulating the long body and tail from side to side, while steering with the flippers. Capable of sudden bursts of speed, mosasaurs were “ambush” hunters.

Skeletal replica:
Who Platecarpus species
When 80-85 million years ago
Where southwestern Arkansas

Platecarpus is also found in southwestern Manitoba.

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