15 Fin-tastic Facts About The Terminonatator For Kids

Joan Agie
Apr 30, 2024 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Sep 13, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Terminonatator facts talk about marine reptiles of history!

Evidence points out that the Terminonatator that belonged to the Reptilia class was one of the earth dwellers existing some 83 million years ago. The genus is formed on the type specimen RSM P2414.1 excavated from Bearpaw Formation, in Saskatchewan, Canada.

In 2003, Tamaki Sato offered the first official identification of the species. There’s some confusion over the classification of the reptile as a fully grown-up plesiosaur because incomplete fusions have been noticed in some areas. However, the vertebrae and neural arches were fused.

Terminonatator Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Terminonatator'?

The pronunciation of the name is 'Ter-min-o-nay-tay-tor'.

What type of dinosaur was a Terminonatator?

The Terminonatator is believed to be an elasmosaurid plesiosaur.

In which geological period did the Terminonatator roam the Earth?

The Terminonatator dwelled about 83-70 million years ago during the Campanion age of the Late Cretaceous era.

When did the Terminonatator become extinct?

The dinosaur became extinct some 83 million years ago.

Where did Terminonatator live?

According to the skeleton recovered from Canada, the dinosaur inhabited North America.

What was the Terminonatator's habitat?

The Terminonatator was suited to marine habitats.

Who did the Terminonatatorlive live with?

The social behavior of these plesiosaurs remains a mystery.

How long did a Terminonatator live?

Due to the lack of research data, the average life span of the Terminonatator can't be determined.

How did they reproduce?

These plesiosaurs engaged in viviparous reproduction.

Terminonatator Fun Facts

What did the Terminonatator look like?

The skull of the plesiosaur measured 10.6 in (27 cm) in length. The snout was shorter than other elasmosaurids. Other physical descriptions of the Terminonatator require more data.

Terminonatators belonged to class Reptilia.

How many bones did a Terminonatator have?

The fossilized specimen that constitutes the Terminonatator genus is composed of a skull and some fragmented skeletal remains. The premaxillary bones comprised nine teeth in place of ten while the right maxilla bore 13 teeth and the right dentary had 17-18. Additionally, 51 neck, four sacral, 12 tail, and 17 back vertebrae bones were retrieved,

How did they communicate?

The communication procedure among the species is unknown.

How big was the Terminonatator?

The Terminonatator measured around 23 ft (7 m) excluding the length of the neck. In comparison, the Elasmosaurus measured about 34-46 ft (10.3-14 m) in length.

How fast could a Terminonatator move?

The exact speed of this species is unknown.

How much did a Terminonatator weigh?

The average weight of the Terminonatator couldn't be determined owing to the lack of adequate evidence.

What were the male and female names of the species?

Since gender-specific names haven't been attributed to dinosaurs, they're simply referred to as male and female Terminonatator respectively.

What would you call a baby Terminonatator?

A baby Terminonatator is called a young.

How aggressive were they?

It's not known for sure whether the plesiosaur species displayed signs of aggression while defending itself from hostile predators or while hunting fish.

Did You Know…

The term 'Terminonatator' implies 'last swimmer' due to being the last plesiosaurs to have swum in the marine waters. The specific epithet 'ponteixensis' is a reference to the location of the discovery, Ponteix, a town in Canada.

Did you know the largest plesiosaur discovered by paleontologists was Elasmosaurus?

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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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