|Named By:||Michael W. Maisch & Andreas T. Matzke in 1998|
|Time Period:||Mid Triassic, 247.2-235.0 Ma|
|Size:||Roughly about 5 meters long|
|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.