.8" Champsosaurus Vertebrae (Cretaceous Reptile) - North Dakota

Here's a small vertebrae from the Upper Cretaceous aged reptile Champsosaurus sp. It was collected from the Hell Creek Formation of Bowman, North Dakota.

Reconstruction by Nobu Tamura
Reconstruction by Nobu Tamura
is an extinct genus of diapsid reptile belonging to the order Choristodera. It grew to about 1.50 m (5 ft) long, though C. gigas, the largest species, reached 3-3.5 m (10–12 ft) in length. Champsosaurus resembled a gharial and, like gharials, hunted in rivers and swamps, catching fish with its long, tooth-lined jaws. It probably swam with lateral body movements, pinning its limbs against its body to increase its streamline, just like crocodiles and the Marine Iguana. Behind the eyes Champsosaurus's skull was very wide as powerful jaw muscles were attached here.
Champsosaurus sp.
Bowman, North Dakota
Hell Creek Formation
.8" wide, .7" long
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