Fossil champsosaur - ROM2004_1028_26


Fossil champsosaur

Place Collected
North America, USA, Montana, Glacier County, Blackfoot Indian Reservation, NW Montana
Date: Date Collected: 1999
length=82; width=12; height=41 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassReptilia
    • OrderChoristodera
    • FamilyChampsosauridae
    • GenusChampsosaurus
Object number: ROMVP50000
Credit Line: Gift of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
On view
Gallery Location:James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, K/T Extinction, Cretaceous Survivors, Champsosaurus
DescriptionThe extinction event of the Late Cretaceous affected many animals that lived on dry land. In contrast, most kinds of lake and river dwelling creatures survived. These included many turtles, crocodiles, freshwater fishes, and champsosaurs. Champsosaurs superficially resemble small crocodiles, but were an unrelated kind of reptile. This skeleton may be the best preserved individual of a Champsosaurus known in the world.
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