Early Cretaceous

Aegirosaurus

Aegirosaurus leptospondylus was a species of ichthyosaur which lived in the seas around Europe during the late Jurassic Period and early Cretaceous Period, roughly 147-135 million years ago. Aegirosaurus belonged to a family of ichthyosaurs called the ophthalmosaurids (Bardet and… Read More ›

Cedrorestes

Cedrorestes, which means “Cedar Mountain dweller”, was an ornithopod dinosaur which lived in Utah during the early Cretaceous Period. The fossils of this animal were discovered in eastern Utah in 2001. These were fragmentary remains consisting of pieces of ribs,… Read More ›

Mierasaurus

Mierasaurus was a turiasaurian sauropod dinosaur which lived in Utah during the early Cretaceous Period approximately 139 to 136 million years ago. Mierasaurus lived during a time when the environment of prehistoric Utah became substantially wetter and more humid than… Read More ›

Hastanectes

Hastanectes valdensis, whose name means “the Hastings swimmer from the Weald”, was a prehistoric marine reptile which swam the seas around Europe during the early Cretaceous Period approximately 140 to 135 million years ago. The first fossils of this creature… Read More ›

Wuerhosaurus

Wuerhosaurus was a stegosaur dinosaur which lived in China during the early and middle Cretaceous Period. It was one of the last stegosaurs to have existed, as they had largely been replaced elsewhere in the world by the ankylosaurians by… Read More ›

Hippodraco

Hippodraco, meaning “horse dragon” in a mixture of ancient Greek and Latin, was an ornithopod dinosaur which lived in western North America during the early Cretaceous Period. The fossils were found by Andrew R. C. Milner in 2004 in east-central… Read More ›

Falcarius

Falcarius was a 12 foot long theropod dinosaur which lived in Utah during the early Cretaceous Period, approximately 139 to 136 million years ago. It was a very primitive therizinosaur – so primitive that it still bears a close resemblance… Read More ›

Leptocleidus

Leptocleidus was a genus of plesiosaur which lived in the oceans during the early Cretaceous Period about 135 to 125 million years ago. It measured just 10 feet long, which is quite small for a plesiosaur. Three species of Leptocleidus… Read More ›