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Dolichorhynchops osborni is an extinct species of marine reptile. The genus was named for its elongated rostrum and literally translates to “long snout face”. Dolichorhynchops osborni is a short-necked plesiosaur, a unique lineage of predatory marine reptiles. Relatively smaller compared to some of its pliosaur cousins, D. osborni only grew as large as 5-6 m (16-20 ft.) in length (Everhart, M., 2004). It lived in the Late Cretaceous (Early Uronian to Late Campanian, ~93.5-70.6 mya) in the Western Interior Seaway (McKean, R., 2012).


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