|Named By:||Joseph Leidy in 1868|
|Time Period:||240-210 Ma Between the Middle and Late Triassic|
|Location:||USA, Nevada. Germany|
|Size:||Between 6 and 10 meters long|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Diapsida | Ichthyopterygia | Ichthyosauria ||
Cymbospondylus ( A Greek word meaning "Boat Spine") was a basal early ichthyosaur that lived between the middle and later years of the Triassic period (240-210 million years ago). Previously, the genus was classified as a shastasaurid, however, more recent work finds it to be more basal.