Tuarangisaurus was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. Tuarangisaurus lived during the Late Cretaceous. The first Tuarangisaurus fossil was discovered in 1986.

Quick facts about Tuarangisaurus:

  • Existed from 113 million years ago to 100.5 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a carnivore
  • Reproduced by live birth
  • Only one specimen has been found by paleontologists

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

Tuarangisaurus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • I. W. Keyes. 1977. Records of the northern hemisphere Cretaceous sawfish genus Onchopristis (order Batoidea) from New Zealand. Journal of Geology and Geophysics 20(2):263-272
  • M. T. Antunes. 1964. O Neocretacio e o Cenozoico do litoral de Angola. Junta de Investigcoes do Ultramar