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meaning: "Boat spine"
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
Diet: Piscivore
Fossil(s): Many specimens
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.

Read more about Cymbospondylus at Wikipedia
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