Attenborosaurus was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. Attenborosaurus lived during the Early Jurassic. The first Attenborosaurus fossil was discovered in 1993.

Quick facts about Attenborosaurus:

  • Existed from 199.3 million years ago to Pliensbachian Age
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a carnivore
  • Reproduced by live birth
  • 2 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

All the Attenborosaurus illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore:

Attenborosaurus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • R. Owen. 1865. A monograph of the fossil Reptilia of the Liassic formations. Part I, Sauropterygia. Palaeontographical Soceity Monographs 17(75):1-40
  • W. J. Sollas. 1881. On a new species of Plesiosaurus (P. Conybeari) from the Lower Lias of Charmouth; with observations on P megacephalus, Stutchbury, and P. brachycephalus, Owen. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 37:440-480