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  Plioplatecarpus sp. Skeleton - Fossil Replica  (BHI #126443)
Plioplatecarpus sp. Skeleton - Fossil Replica 
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Mosasaurs first appeared in the fossil record approximately 90 to 100 MYA. This extinct ancient marine reptile was distantly related to the Komodo dragon, a varanid lizard. It is believed these large Cretaceous marine predators evolved from small semi-terrestrial lizards called aigialosaurs.

Plioplatecarpus lived in the Western Interior Pierre Seaway. Their powerful tail was swept side to side, in an undulating motion, swimming through the water in a manner demonstrated today by crocodiles. They had large highly kinetic skulls that would have enabled them to eat large prey including ammonites like Placenticeras as well as fish and other reptiles. Contemporaries of this mososaur include Elasmosaurus, Archelon, Toxochelys, Pteranodon, and the bird Hesperornis. These animals were most likely ambush predators using the element of surprise and rapid acceleration to collect their prey.

Our Plioplatecarpus replica can be mounted in any number of poses... swimming, diving, or porpoising (jumping out of the water). It can be hung from cables or supported from the floor. It is modular, with easy-to-assemble sections.

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Age    Cretaceous, Middle Campanian [~ 80MYA]
Locality    Pennington County, South Dakota, USA
Credit    The original skeleton was collected, prepared and molded by Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, Inc. and is now on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, Houston, Texas.
Notes    May take approximately six months for production. Check with us to see if an earlier delivery is possible.
Size    ~ 18' l ( 5.5 m)
Extras    Crate and packing fees apply. Please contact us for details.
Lease Info    This item is leasable at 10% of listed price per month. See our Lease Program page for more details.

Price:  $30,000.00
 

Please contact us for an estimate on a delivery date. We do not keep this item stocked - it is created when an order has been placed. Delivery may be contingent upon BHI's or a BHI affiliate's production schedule.

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