Welcome to plesiosauria.com
Your online resource for everything 'plesiosaur'.
The Mesozoic Era was the age of the reptiles. Dinosaurs dominated the land, pterosaurs patrolled the sky, and a spectacular variety of aquatic reptiles ruled the ocean. These extinct prehistoric marine reptiles came in all sorts of shapes and sizes but perhaps the most bizarre were the plesiosaurs. This website is dedicated to them and their close relatives.
The Plesiosaur Directory is for anyone interested in any aspect of the plesiosaurs and their kin. You will find scientific information about the anatomy, classification and evolution of the group, and information on specific genera and species. There are also sections dedicated to plesiosaur palaeobiology or how the animals were in life, their swimming and dietary behaviour. You can also keep up to date with the latest discoveries on the 'Plesiosaur Bites' blog. I've endeavoured to make this site as image-rich as possible by incorporating photographs of plesiosaur fossils, line drawings of bones and skeletons, and restorations of their possible appearance in life.
There are also sections on plesiosaurs in popular culture including films , toys and living monsters. I'm also developing pages about the researchers behind the science. Finally, get your fill of plesiosaur goodies in the Plesio-Store and join in the ongoing discussions at the Marine Reptile Forum. The aims of this site are long-term and so it will always be under development as our understanding of plesiosaurs develops.
Dr Adam Stuart Smith