Elasmosaurus was a large marine reptile in the order Plesiosauria. The
genus lived about 80.5 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous.
The first specimen was sent to the American paleontologist Edward
Drinker Cope after its discovery in 1867 near Fort Wallace, Kansas. Only
one incomplete skeleton is definitely known, consisting of a fragmentary
skull, the spine, and the pectoral and pelvic girdles, and a single
species, E. platyurus, is recognized today. Measuring 10.3 meters
(34 ft) long, the genus had a streamlined body with paddle-like limbs
or flippers, a short tail, and a small, slender, triangular head. With a
neck around 7.1 meters (23 ft) long, Elasmosaurus was one of the
longest-necked animals to have lived, with the largest number of neck
vertebrae known, 72. It probably ate small fish and marine
invertebrates, seizing them with long teeth. Elasmosaurus is known from
the Pierre Shale formation, which represents marine deposits from the
Western Interior Seaway.
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