Tatenectes was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. The first Tatenectes fossil was discovered in 1900.

Quick facts about Tatenectes:

  • Existed from Oxfordian Age to Kimmeridgian Age
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a carnivore
  • Reproduced by live birth
  • 3 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Tatenectes was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • F. R. O'Keefe and H. P. Street. 2009. Osteology of the cryptocleidoid plesiosaur Tatenectes laramiensis, with comments on the taxonomic status of the Cimoliasauridae. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(1):48-57
  • F. R. O'Keefe and W. Wahl, Jr. 2003. Current taxonomic status of the plesiosaur Pantosaurus striatus from the Upper Jurassic Sundance Formation, Wyoming. Paludicola 4(2):37-46
  • F. R. O'Keefe and W. Wahl. 2003. Current taxonomic status of the plesiosaur Pantosaurus striatus from the Upper Jurassic Sundance Formation, Wyoming. Paludicola 4(2):37-46