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meaning: "Big plate"
Named By: Swinton in 1930
Time Period: 199-195 Ma Early Jurassic
Location: England - Blue Lias Formation.
Size: Up to 4.5 meters long
Diet: Piscivore
Fossil(s): One individual
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Sauropterygia | Plesiosaura | Pliosauroidea | Rhomaleosauridae |

Macroplata (meaning "big plate") is an extinct genus of Early Jurassic basal plesiosaur which grew up to 4.5 metres (15 ft) in length. Like other plesiosaurs, Macroplata probably lived on a diet of fish, using its sharp needle-like teeth to catch prey. Its shoulder bones were fairly large, indicating a powerful forward stroke for fast swimming. Macroplata also had a relatively long neck, twice the length of the skull, in contrast to pliosaurs.

Plesiosaurus longirostris was once assigned to this genus, but it has been re-assigned to Hauffiosaurus, as H. longirostris.

Read more about Macroplata at Wikipedia
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