Polycotylus was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. The first Polycotylus fossil was discovered in 1869.

Quick facts about Polycotylus:

  • Existed from Kimmeridgian Age to 70.6 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a carnivore
  • Reproduced by live birth
  • 9 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Polycotylus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • S. W. Williston. 1905. A new armored dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of Wyoming. Science 22(564):503
  • R. Zangerl. 1953. The vertebrate fauna of the Selma Formation of Alabama. Part III. The turtles of the family Protostegidae. Fieldiana: Geology Memoirs 3(3):63-133
  • H.-E. Sauvage. 1873. Notes sur les reptiles fossiles. Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France, série 3 1:365-386