Fossil crocodile skeleton - ROM2007_9644_1

ROM2007_9644_1

Fossil crocodile skeleton

Place Collected
(Object)
:
Europe, Germany, Baden-Wurttemberg, Holzmaden
Dimensions:
length=270; width=120; height=3 cm
Taxonomy
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassReptilia
    • OrderCrocodylia
    • FamilyTeleosauridae
    • GenusSteneosaurus
    • SpecificEpithetbollensis
Object number: ROMVP07903
On view
Gallery Location:James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, Life in the Sea Jurassica, Jurassic Ichthyosaurs, Steneosaurus
DescriptionThe crocodile-like Steneosaurus lived in the sea. It could lash its long, narrow snout rapidly through the water to catch fish. With its short front limbs, Steneosaurus probably only left the water to lay eggs. A covering of bony armour plates embedded in the skin likely provided effective protection from larger predators.
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