Fandom

Dinopedia

Pliosaurus

3,520pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Comments7 Share
Pliosaurus
Plio1.jpg
Scientific classification
Pliosaurus was a genus of large carnivorous marine reptile, belonging to the family of Pliosauridae. Pliosaurus lived during the Late Jurassic Period and lived off of a diet of fish, squids and other marine reptiles. The genus once consisted of many species but has been cut down to only four, P. brachydeirus, P. funkei, P. macromerus, and P. portentificus. Pliosaurus was a large late jurassic oceanic macro-carnivore. This beast was probably at the top of the food chain wherever it went due to its huge size of 10 to 13 metres and huge, powerful jaws with its rosette of large teeth at the tip of its snout.

Pliosaurus funkei, formerly the Svalbard Pliosaur which was codenamed Predator X by the team that discovered it. It was discovered in February 2008 by a group of researchers from the University of Oslo, lead by the famous Norwegian paleontologist, Dr. Jørn Hurum of the Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo. This massive creature's total body length was about 10-13 meters (33-43 ft.) long. The Svalbard Pliosaur was one of the largest pliosaurs ever found. Like all pliosaurs, it was a carnivorous marine reptile that fed on fish and other plesiosaurs. This specimen was anatomically the same as most pliosaurs. It mostly resembles the Kronosaurus, but it was much larger. It is possible that we will find bigger specimens in the future.

Pliosaurus would have swam at quite a slow pace but it would have been a very powerful swimmer similar to whales of today. It may or may not have been countershaded like the great white shark today. This means that it wold have been dark on top to blend in with the oceans dark depths and light on the underside to blend in with the bright sunlit surface. This would have enabled it to sneak up on its unsuspecting prey then take a great bite into its prey would would have inevitably spelled the end for it. Pliosaurus would have had a very big bite force because of its relatively short neck, massive head big snout and great weight. This bite force would have enabled it to go for armoured prey like ammonites.

In the media Edit

Pliosaurus funkei was featured in the fourth episode of the documentary Planet Dinosaur under the name Predator X. It hunted a pod of Kimmerosaurus several times before finally succeeding in killing one.

It also appears in Jurassic Park: Builder as a limited edition piscivore.

It also appears in Jurassic World: The Game.
Predator X - Planet Dinosaur - Episode 4 - BBC One02:14

Predator X - Planet Dinosaur - Episode 4 - BBC One

Predator X - Most powerful marine reptile ever - Planet Dinosaur - BBC02:52

Predator X - Most powerful marine reptile ever - Planet Dinosaur - BBC

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.