Gronausaurus was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. Gronausaurus lived during the Early Cretaceous and resided in Europe. The first Gronausaurus fossil was discovered in 2013.

Quick facts about Gronausaurus:

  • Existed from 145 million years ago to 140.2 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a carnivore
  • Reproduced by live birth
  • Only one specimen has been found by paleontologists

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

Gronausaurus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • S. Sachs. 1997. Erster Nachweis eines gepanzerten Dinosauriers (Reptilia, Ornithischia, Thyreophora) aus der Unterkreide (Berrias) von Gronau in Westfalen. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Monatshefte 1997(1):56-64