Dolichorhynchops bonneri Adult & Juvenile
Locality: Wyoming/South Dakota border
Formation: Pierre Shale
Adult Length: 4.6 m (15 feet)
Juvenile Length: 81 cm (2 feet, 8 inches)
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Fast and agile, this short-necked plesiosaur was wider than long. The Dolichorhynchops’ conical, interlocking teeth were perfect for capturing fish. The adult is cast from a virtually complete skeleton. The baby was sculpted using the adult as a guide and adjusting for expected allometry.