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meaning: "Sea lizard"
Named By: Wiffen in 1980
Time Period: Late Cretaceous
Location: New Zealand, North Island
Size: 12 meters long, skull 78 centimetres long
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Partial skull, vertebrae, ribs and metacarpals (from the flippers)
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Squamata | Mosasauridae | Mosasaurinae |
Also known as: | Mosasaurus flemingi | Rikisaurus tehoensis |

Moanasaurus (From Maori moana "sea" and Greek sauros "lizard"; meaning "Sea Lizard") was a genus of mosasaur from the Late Cretaceous period. Its fossil remains have been discovered in the North Island of New Zealand. Moanasaurus was a very large mosasaurine known originally from a disarticulated skull, vertebrae, ribs and paddle bones. It reached 12 m in length and the skull is 78 cm, which shows that Moanasaurus was one of the largest in the family of mosasaurinae.

Read more about Moanasaurus at Wikipedia
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