Macroplata was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. The first Macroplata fossil was discovered in 1930.

Quick facts about Macroplata:

  • Existed from Hettangian Age to Sinemurian Age
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a carnivore
  • Reproduced by live birth
  • Only one specimen has been found by paleontologists

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

Macroplata was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • H. F. Ketchum and A. S. Smith. 2010. The anatomy and taxonomy of Macroplata tenuiceps (Sauropterygia, Plesiosauria) from the Hettangian (Lower Jurassic) of Warwickshire, United Kingdom. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30(4):1069-1081