Mosasaur Fossil

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Mosasaur Fossil

Mosasaur Fossil

Mosasaur Fossil

Mosasaur Fossil

Mosasaurus was among the last of the mosasaurids and among the largest. As with most mosasaurids, the legs and feet ofMosasaurus were modified into flippers, and the front flippers were larger than the hind flippers. The largest known species, Mosasaurus hoffmannii, reached lengths up to 18 metres (59 ft),[1]slightly longer than its relatives Tylosaurus and HainosaurusMosasaurus was also more robust than related mosasaurids. The skull was more robust than in other mosasaurids, and the lower jaws (mandibles) attached very tightly to the skull. They had deep, barrel-shaped bodies and, with their fairly large eyes, poor binocular vision and poorly developed olfactory bulbs, experts believe that Mosasaurus lived near the ocean surface where they preyed on fish, turtles, ammonites, smaller mosasaurids, and plesiosaurians. Although they were able to dive, they evidently did not venture into deeper waters.

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January 11th, 2016