|This dinosaur, the Attenborosaurus, is named after the famed naturalist and documentarian David Attenborough. I guess you could say dinosaurs run in his family.
The partial remains of Attenborosaurus were discovered in Charmouth in Dorset, Southern England before 1881. They included the body, flippers and skin impressions of a single specimen. The remains were later destroyed in World War II during a bombing raid in November 1940, but plaster casts exist on which most study is based on. When discovered, Attenborosaurus was assumed to be a species of Plesiosaurus, but further study taken in 1993 found that, while similar to Plesiosaurus, there were enough differences in its body structure to indicate that it was in fact a member of the pliosauridae rather than plesiosauridae. Pliosaurs possessed the same basic body structure as plesiosaurs, with notably shorter necks and longer heads. Some, such as Attenborosaurus and Thalassiodracon occupied a niche similar to the plesiosaurs, as swift hunters of small animals, such as fish and cephalopods. The larger pliosaurs, such as Kronosaurus and Liopleurodon, were predators of smaller marine reptiles. They were the dominant predators in the oceans until the evolution of mosasaurs.
Attenborosaurus lived in the Charmouth Mudstone Formation. Other marine animals found here include Plesiosaurus, Ichthyosaurus, Archaeonectrus and various ammonites and fish. Inland lived the pterosaur Dimorphodon and the primitive thyreophoran Scelidosaurus.
Behind the scenes
The Attenborosaurus is one of few species in Jurassic World Evolution 2 with no prior appearances in the franchise.
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- Attenborosaurus on Wikipedia