Brachauchenius was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. Brachauchenius lived during the Cretaceous. The first Brachauchenius fossil was discovered in 1903.

Quick facts about Brachauchenius:

  • Existed from 130 million years ago to Coniacian Age
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a carnivore
  • Reproduced by live birth
  • 8 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Brachauchenius was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • K. Shimada and B. A. Schumacher. 2006. Fossil marine vertebrates from the lowermost Greenhorn Limestone (Upper Cretaceous: Middle Cenomanian) in southeastern Colorado. Journal of Paleontology 80(sp 63):1-45
  • O. Hampe. 2005. Considerations on a Brachauchenius skeleton (Pliosauroidea)from the lower Paja Formation (late Barremian) of Villa de Leyva area (Colombia). Mitteilungen des Museums für Naturkunde Berlin, Geowissenschaftliche Reihe 8:37-51
  • G. A. Liggett and K. Shimada. 2005. Cenomanian (Late Cretaceous) reptiles from northwestern Russell County, Kansas. PaleoBios 25:9-17