Shonisaurus (fanciful)

by monkeyfist


Shonisaurus; original painting by Shyama Golden

Shonisaurus is a genus of ichthyosaur that lived during the Norian stage of the late Triassic period and measured around 15 metres (49 ft) long.  They had a long dolphin-like snout and flippers much longer and narrower than other ichthyosaurs.

At least 37 incomplete fossil specimens were first found in a large deposit in Nevada in 1920, but were not excavated for another 30 years. They were named Shonisaurus, which means “Lizard from the Shoshone Mountains“, after the formation where the fossils had been found.

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– special thanks to mudwerks

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