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Cryptoclidus oxoniensis by DeinonychusEmpire Cryptoclidus oxoniensis by DeinonychusEmpire
Fauna known from Callovian England have the most eccentric names. Liopleurodon ferox, Simolestes vorax, Eustreptospondylus oxoniensis, and if those aren't verbally confounding enough there's this enormous plesiosaur. Cryptoclidus oxoniensis (wide femur hidden clavicles) was approximately the size of an adult bush elephant, possibly larger. It was a predator, though despite it's size possessed a comparably minuscule head and was a piscivore. It's elongated neck would have allowed it's small jaws to encroach upon schools of fish without them being frightened away by it's size.

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vasix Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It actually is rather funny how some sources put this animal as just 3 meters long while others put it at 8....
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Trexking Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Is that a fluke on its tail?
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Some kind of fin-like appendage.
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