Westphaliasaurus was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. Westphaliasaurus lived during the Early Jurassic and resided in Europe. The first Westphaliasaurus fossil was discovered in 2011.

Quick facts about Westphaliasaurus:

  • Existed from Pliensbachian Age to 183 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 Westphaliasaurus illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore:

Westphaliasaurus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • L. Schwermann and P. M. Sander. 2011. Osteologie und Phylogenie von Westphaliasaurus simonsensii: Ein neuer Plesiosauride (Sauropterygia) aus dem Unteren Jura (Pliensbachium) von Sommersell (Kreis Höxter), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland. Geologie und Paläontologie in Westfalen 79:1-60