Triassic (245 mil y) - Xinhyi, Guizhou, China
Keichousaurus is a genus of marine reptile in the pachypleurosaur family which went extinct at the close of the Triassic in the Triassic-Jurassic extinction event. The name derives from Kweichow (now Guizhou Province) in China where the first fossil specimen was discovered in 1957. They are among the most common sauropterygian fossils recovered and are often found as nearly complete, articulated skeletons, making them popular among collectors. Keichousaurus, and the pachypleurosaur family broadly, are sometimes classified within Nothosauroidea, but are otherwise listed as a separate, more primitive lineage within Sauropterygia. Individuals of this genus ranged up to 15 - 30 cm long and had both long necks and long tails, with elongated, five-toed feet.
Plate Size: 185mm X 130mm
Fossil Length: 130mm
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