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Mesosaurus



Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Subclass Anapsida
  Order Mesosauria
  Family Mesosauridae
  Genus Mesosaurus
Mesosaurus was a genus of reptile that lived during the early Permian period about 320 and 280 million years ago. It was one of the first reptiles to return to living in aquatic environments.

Outwardly, Mesosaurus resembled a small alligator. It had a streamlined body, webbed feet (the hind limbs were longer than its front limbs, and probably its main means of propulsion), and a long tail with a fin. A typical Mesosaurus was about 16 inches (40 centimeters) long, but the largest animals were up to 6 feet (2 meters) long.

Mesosaurus most likely lived on a diet of fish, although another possibility is that it may have been able to use its teeth as sieve (as some modern whales do), and eaten small crustaceans.

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Mesosaurus was a marine reptile that lived between 320 and 280 million years ago

Mesosaurus was a marine reptile that lived between 320 and 280 million years ago


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I'm a Mosasaurus (My Dinosaur Adventure)
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Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
By Marfé Ferguson Delano

National Geographic Kids
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Prehistoric Sea Reptiles (Prehistoric Animals)
By Professor of Latin David West

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The Big Book Of Sea Monsters (Scary Looking Sea Animals)
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Monstersaurus!
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