Zarafasaura was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. Zarafasaura lived during the Late Cretaceous and resided in Africa. The first Zarafasaura fossil was discovered in 2011.

Quick facts about Zarafasaura:

  • Existed from Maastrichtian Age to 66 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 Zarafasaura illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore:

Zarafasaura was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • P. Vincent and N. Bardet. 2011. Zarafasaura oceanis, a new elasmosaurid (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Maastrichtian Phosphates of Morocco and the palaeobiogeography of latest Cretaceous plesiosaurs. Gondwana Research 19:1062-1073