Key Earth Science Links
Jurassic/Cretaceous—Ichthyosaursand other marine reptiles
Ichthyosaur page. R. Montani, University of California at Berkeley. Good website with short discussions and illustrations of various aspects of ichthyosaur fossils, and interpretations of their life and behaviors, including eyesight, fin shape, deep diving, diet, and classification.
Largest marine reptile. A. Mikkelsen, U Magazine, University of Calgary. Short news story of the discovery of a giant ichthyosaur in Canada, currently the largest marine reptile of all time.
Ichthyosaurs. Enchanting Learning. Short, nontechnical summary of the ichthyosaurs, their size, behavior, types, and classification. At this site you can also find summaries of information about other marine reptiles such as plesiosaurs and mososaurs and the giant sea turtle, Archelon. Also has nformation sheets and printouts for coloring.
Oceans of Kansas. Mike Everhart. Lots of information concerning marine fossils from the Cretaceous of Mid-America. Good discussions and pictures of mososaurs, plesiosaurs, and large fish.
Plesiosaurs and Pliosaurs
Something about plesiosaurs. M. Everhart, Oceans of Kansas. This site contains numerous photographs and pictures of plesiosaur skeletons with short explanations of each.
The plesiosaur site. Plesiosaur.com. Website dedicated to plesiosaurs. Contains information about plesiosaurs, including specific fossils sites, research, and discussions concerning the Loch Ness monster as a supposed plesiosaur.
The plesiosaur site-Liopleurodon. Plesiosaur.com. Shown as the largest marine reptile of all time in the BBC’s walking with Dinosaurs-Cruel Seas show, this site shows the facts concerning a likely smaller size than indicated in the movie and other aspects of this monstrous marine reptile.
Enormous Jurassic sea predator… ScienceDaily. Short article concerning the discovery of a 15 m (50 ft)- long pliosaur (short-necked plesiosaur) in Norway.
Just about mosasaurs. M. Everhart, Oceans of Kansas. This site contains a short explanation of mosasaurs with links to numerous photographs and pictures of mosasaur skeletons with short explanations of each.
Virtual mosasaur museum. M. Everhart, Oceans of Kansas. This site contains photographs and explanations of various species of mosasaurs found in Kansas in the collection of the a short explanation of mosasaurs with links to numerous photographs and pictures of mosasaur skeletons with short explanations of each.
The Ginsu shark—Evidence of late Cretaceous sharks feeding on mosasaurs. M. Everhart, Oceans of Kansas. Description of fossil evidence that sharks may have preyed on mosasaurs.
Parts is parts—and pieces is pieces. M. Everhart, Oceans of Kansas. More description of fossil evidence that sharks may have preyed on mosasaurs.