|Named By:||Longman in 1924|
|Time Period:||Early Cretaceous, 125-99 Ma|
|Size:||Estimated between 9 and 10 meters long. Skull 2.7 meters long|
|Fossil(s):||Two sets of remains and associated individual teeth|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Sauropterygia | Plesiosauria | Pliosauroidea | Pliosauridae ||
Kronosaurus ( KRON-o-SAWR-as; meaning "lizard of Kronos") is an extinct genus of short-necked pliosaur. With an estimated length of 9-10.5 metres (30-34 ft), it was among the largest pliosaurs, and is named after the leader of the Greek Titans, Cronus. It lived in the Early Cretaceous Period (Aptian-Albian). Fossil material has been recovered from Queensland in Australia, and from the Paja Formation in Boyaca, Colombia, and assigned to two species.