Simolestes was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. The first Simolestes fossil was discovered in 1909.

Quick facts about Simolestes:

  • Existed from Middle Jurassic Epoch to 145 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a carnivore
  • Reproduced by live birth
  • 5 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Simolestes was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • D. M. Martill. 1986. The stratigraphic distribution and preservation of fossil vertebrates in the Oxford Clay of England. Mercian Geologist 10(3):161-186
  • K. K. Verma and P. P. Satsangi. 1979. On a plesiosaurian vertebra from the Upper Gondwanas of Kutch, Gujarat, India. IV International Gondwana Symposium, Calcutta (1977). Hindustan Publishing Corporation, Delhi 1: Papers:217-220
  • D. M. Martill and J. D. Hudson. 1991. Fossils of the Oxford Clay