Bishanopliosaurus was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. Bishanopliosaurus lived during the Early Jurassic. The first Bishanopliosaurus fossil was discovered in 1980.

Quick facts about Bishanopliosaurus:

  • Existed from 182.7 million years ago to 163.5 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a carnivore
  • Reproduced by live birth
  • 2 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Bishanopliosaurus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • Y. -H. Gao and Y. Ye. 2004. A new species of Bishanopliosaurus from Middle Jurassic of Zigong, Sichuan. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 42(2):162-165
  • Z.-M. Dong. 1980. A new Plesiosauria from the Lias of Sichuan Basin. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 18(3):191-197