Mosasauruswas a large marine lizard that lived during the Late Cretaceous Period (70-66 million years ago) in shallow seas that covered what is now western Europe and North America.Mosasauruswas a top predator. A group of marine predators, the mosasaurs, are named afterMosasaurus.
Scientific Name:Mosasaurus, meaning ‘lizard of the Meuse River’ (using the Latin ‘mosa’, for Meuse.
Characteristics:Mosasaurusresembles monitor lizards like the famous Komodo dragon in having a large head and long jaws full of long sharp teeth, and a long flexible tail. However, unlike the Komodo dragon, it has paddles rather than legs that were adapted for swimming.Mosasaurusused its tail to propel itself through the water, and its paddles for steering. It was a large predator (more than 50 feet in length) that ate fish, turtles, ammonites, as well as plesiosaurs and other mosasaurs.
Size and Color:this model is 9.25 inches long and 3.25 inches high. It is colored in gray-blue tones that allowed it to blend into the marine waters that it lived in.
The Mosasaurus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection