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Aegirosaurus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Reptilia
Subclass Diapsida
Order Ichthyosauria
Family Ophthalmosauridae
Subfamily Platypterygiinae
Genus Aegirosaurus
1st Species Aegirosaurus leptospondylus
Other attributes
Time Range 150.8-136.4 mya
Location Germany, France
Name Meaning Aegir reptile
Physical Dimensions 1.8 meters long
Dietary Classification Carnivore

Aegirosaurus is an ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaurian reptile from the Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous of Germany and France. It was officially named in 2000 by Nathalie Bardet and Marta S. Fernandez. It was one of the more successful ichthyosaurs (surviving the Jurassic extinction event and persisting into the Cretaceous), and was thought to be a species of Ichthyosaurus before finally being described as its own genus.

PhysiologyEdit

Aegirosaurus was an ichthyosaur with a sleek, streamlined body, 4 flippers, a long tail with a shark-like fin on its end, a large fin on its back, a conical head with large jaws, and small eyes on the sides of its head. Its body would have been covered in scaly skin.

DietEdit

Aegirosaurus was a predator, preying on fish and cephalopods. Its teeth were small yet sharp, and were used to get a hold of slippery prey.

EcologyEdit

So far, all we know about Aegirosaurus is that it was a generalist predator of aquatic prey, similar to many plesiosaurs.

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