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Platecarpus is a genus of marine reptile belonging to the mosasaurid family, which lived during the Late Cretaceous period, approximately 85-80 million years ago.

Platecarpus was a medium-sized marine reptile, with a length ranging from 4 to 6 meters. It had a thin and elongated body, adapted for aquatic life. Its head was small in relation to its body and was equipped with sharp, conical teeth that enabled it to catch and feed on marine prey.

One of the most distinctive features of Platecarpus was its modified flipper-like limbs, which gave it excellent swimming ability. These limbs had been transformed into stout flippers with long, flat bones. In addition, it had a long, flexible tail that helped it propel itself through the water.

Platecarpus skin was covered in scales, similar to modern reptiles, providing protection from predators and facilitating fluid movement in the water.Some fossils have also preserved skin impressions, allowing scientists to get an idea of their external appearance.

Platecarpus fed mainly on fish and other marine animals, using its sharp teeth to grab fast and elusive prey. It is believed to have been an agile predator and fast swimmer, capable of pursuing and capturing its prey in the ocean.

Platecarpus fossils have been found primarily in North America, particularly the Midwest. These discoveries have provided valuable information on the diversity and ecology of marine reptiles during the Late Cretaceous. Although some details of its anatomy and behavior are known, much remains to be learned about Platecarpus and its role in prehistoric marine ecosystems.

Approximate measurements of the Platecarpus:

  • 1:35 scale - 130 mm long
  • 1:20 scale - 230 mm long