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Named By: Michael W. Maisch & Andreas T. Matzke in 1998
Time Period: Mid Triassic, 247.2-235.0 Ma[1]
Location: Germany
Size: Roughly about 5 meters long
Diet: Piscivore
Fossil(s): Partial skull
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Ichthyosauria | Mixosauridae |
Also known as: | Ichthyosaurus atavus | Mixosaurus atavus |

Contectopalatus was a primitive ichthyosaur, an extinct fish-like marine reptile from the Middle Triassic of Germany. It was originally named Ichthyosaurus atavus (Quenstedt, 1851/52), and later Mixosaurus atavus (Quenstedt 1852). It was recognised as a valid genus by Maisch and Matzke in 1998, though other authorities argue that it is synonymous with Mixosaurus. It was 5 metres long.

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