Home Previous Random Next Search
Named By: Harry Govier Seeley in 1881
Time Period: Late Cretaceous, 95 Ma
Location: Slovenia
Size: Between 25 and 30 centimetres long
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Several specimens
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Anguimorpha | Pythonomorpha | Ophidiomorpha |

Adriosaurus is an extinct genus of aquatic lizard that lived about 95 million years ago. It was snake-like and grew 10 to 12 inches. This is the first fossil record of vestigial limbs in lizards, and gives scientists a glimpse back to the time when terrestrial lizards evolved to be limbless and returned to their watery origins.

Cladogram based on Palci and Caldwell (2010a), Caldwell and Palci (2010b):

Read more about Adriosaurus at Wikipedia
PaleoCodex is a weekend hack by Saurav Mohapatra