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Liopleurodon (pronounced LIE-oh-PLOOR-oh-don) was the biggest plesiosaur. Liopleurodon was not a dinosaur, but a short-necked plesiosaur (a pliosaur), an extinct, swimming reptile. It lived during the late Jurassic period, about 165 to 150 million years ago.

Liopleurodon means "smooth-sided tooth;" it was named by French paleontologist H.E.Sauvage in 1873.

Diet: Liopleurodon was a carnivore (a meat-eater), which ate fish, ichthyosaurs, and other plesiosaurs. It caught prey with its long, sharp teeth.

Anatomy: Liopleurodon was from 39 to 49 feet (12-15 m) long. It had a long body with a large head, a short neck, powerful jaws and teeth, and four long, wide, paddle-like flippers. The skull was 10 feet (3 m) long.

Fossils: Fossils of Liopleurodon have been found in England, France, Germany, and eastern Europe.



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