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Elasmosaurus

 

Elasmosaurs Facts

Name Means
"Thin plate"
Type
Swimmer, breathed air, fish eater
Lived When
Late Cretaceous (99-65 million years ago)
Weight
2 tons
Height
It was too heavy to stand, but if it could, it would have been around 30 feet tall.
Length
46 feet
Weapons
Good eyesight, and it could hide from schools of fish because of its long neck (its body would be 24 feet away!); also strong jaws
Diet
Fish, squid and other small sea creatures
Habitat
Open ocean. Fossils found in Wyoming, other parts of North America

Interesting Elasmosaurus Facts

More than half of an Elasmosaur's length was in its neck! That means its neck could be 25 feet long -- 4 times longer than a giraffe neck!

Elasmosaurus had 4 flippers it used for swimming; these may have helped it get around on land a little.

Because of its funny shape, when one scientist first saw its bones, he put the head on the wrong end!


 


Elasmosaurs were great, long-necked swimmers
Elasmosaurs had necks so long they would make
a giraffe jealous!

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More elasmosaurus facts at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elasmosaurus

and

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/
dinosaurs/dinos/Elasmosaurus.shtml

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Baryonyx Coelophysis Cynognathus
Deinonychus Dilophosaurus Dimorphodon
Diplocaulus Dromaeosaurus Elasmosaurus
Giganotosaurus Hesperonis Ichthyosaurus
Kronosaurus Liopleurodon Nothosaurus
Ornithomimus Oviraptor Ornitholestes
Pliosaur Protoceratops Plesiosaur
Quetzacoatlus Saltopus Pterodactyl
Stegosaurus T-Rex Spinosaurus
Trilobite Troodon Triceratops
Utahraptor Velociraptor Yangchuanosaurus

 

 

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