Yuzhoupliosaurus was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it coexisted with many dinosaurs. Yuzhoupliosaurus lived during the Mid Jurassic. The first Yuzhoupliosaurus fossil was discovered in 1985.

Quick facts about Yuzhoupliosaurus:

  • Existed from Middle Jurassic Epoch to 163.5 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 Yuzhoupliosaurus illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore:

Yuzhoupliosaurus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • Y. Zhang. 1985. A new plesiosaur from the Middle Jurassic of Sichuan Basin. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 23(3):235-240