Pelagosaurus

"Lizard of the open sea"
Length:
3 m (10 ft)
Weight:
450 kg (1,000 lbs)
Time:
183,000,000-
176,000,000 B.C.
Location:
Manche, France; Bavaria, Germany; Somerset, United Kingdom
Species:
Pelagosaurus typus
Pelagosaurus was one of the first ocean-going crocodyliformes, patrolling the shallow seas that covered the future continent of Europe during the early Jurassic. It very much resembled a modern gharial, with its broad belly and long, thin jaws for snatching fish. Pelagosaurus was more streamlined than modern gharials, however, and unlike them had forward-facing eyes, indicating it was more likely a pursuit predator than an ambush hunter or a scavenger.
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