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meaning: "False lizard"
Named By: Munster in 1834
Time Period: 240-210 Ma Early to Late Triassic
Location: Europe, North Africa, China
Size: 4 meters long
Diet: Piscivore/Carnivore
Fossil(s): Multiple specimens
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Sauropterygia | Nothosauroidea | Nothosauridae | Nothosaurinae |
Also known as: | Chondriosaurus | Conchiosaurus | Conchriosaurus | Dracontosaurus | Dracosaururus | Dracosaurus | Elmosaurus | Kolposaurus | Menodon | Oligolycus | Opeosaurus | Paranothosaurus | Shingyisaurus |

Nothosaurus ("false lizard", from the Ancient Greek nothos (nothos), "illegitimate", and sauros (sauros), "lizard") is an extinct genus of sauropterygian reptile from the Triassic period, approximately 240-210 million years ago, with fossils being distributed from North Africa and Europe to China. It is the best known member of the nothosaur order.

A complete skeleton of the species Nothosaurus raabi, now a synonym of N. marchicus, can be seen in the Natural History Museum in Berlin.

Read more about Nothosaurus at Wikipedia
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