Fossil, Mesosaurus Brasiliensis


This Mesosaurus Brasiliensis fossil is an extinct genus of reptile from the Early Permian (299 million to 271 million years ago) of southern Africa and South America. They lived in freshwater and ponds, were elongated and slim sometimes measuring up to 3.3 feet long. This fossil shows clear definition of the ribs which were reinforced for diving. It would feed on small crustaceans with its long, thin and pointed teeth.

Object Information

Date Created:

299000000 BCE

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Credit Line:

Gift of Dan R. Jones


1 1/8"" h 15 1/2"" w 6 1/2"" d