Ectenosaurus everhartorum

Ectenosaurus everhartorum is a species of mosasaur that lived in the Western Interior Seaway in the present day western Kansas. Western Interior Seaway is a shallow body of marine water that divided the North American continent into two distinct landmasses. The 18-foot long fish eating reptile is only the second species in the genus Ectenosaurus. The other species is the Ectenosaurus clidastoides.
The newly discovered species is named after paleontologists – Mike and Pamela Everhart. It has few characteristics of a false gharial with distinct blunt jaws. The discovery is rare as finding Ectenosaurus mosasaurs is few and far between when compared to other mosasaurs.


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