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Peloneustes
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Kindom:

Animalia

Phylum:

Chordata

Class:

Reptilia

Superorder:

†Sauroptergia

Order:

Plesiosauridae

Suborder:

Pliosauroidea

Family:

†Pliosauridae

Genus:

†Pelonustes

Species:

†P. philarchus (type)

Peloneustes was a compact pliosaur from the Callovian (Middle Jurassic). Fossils have been found in the U.K in the Oxford Clay formation and Russia. At about 3 metes (10 feet) in length, Peloneustus was a relatively small pliosaur that demonstrated a developing trend the family: a larger head and shorter neck, as well as a more streamlined shape. Peloneustus had relatively small and blunt teeth suggesting it ate creatures such as ammonites. The remains of suckers found in its stomach also indicate squid-like animals were a significant part of the diet.

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