from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large extinct marine reptile having paddlelike limbs that was common in Europe and North America during the Mesozoic Era.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several extinct marine reptiles, of the order Plesiosauria, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the Plesiosauria.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An animal of the order Plesiosauria.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extinct marine reptile with a small head on a long neck a short tail and four paddle-shaped limbs; of the Jurassic and Cretaceous
Aquatic creature, air-breathing, cold-blooded, fish-eating, huge body, long neck, small head — did you know the word plesiosaur means ‘next to a lizard’?
According to a report in National Geographic News, bones of the prehistoric reptile, known as a plesiosaur, were found in Japan in 1968.
David is right: unfortunately it's the image that leaps to mind for most people whenever 'plesiosaur' is mentioned, and this is despite the fact that there aren't really any accounts from Loch Ness that sound in the least bit plesiosaur-like.
Because that's the only association they have to "plesiosaur".
Oh, I also made it through two articles in the new Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology yesterday, "Generic reassignment of an ichthyosaur from the Queen Elizabeth Islands, Northwest Territories, Canada" and "A remarkable case of a shark-bitten elasmosaurid plesiosaur."
It was jet black, and I could tell that the vertebra was from a very young plesiosaur, as the articular facets of the bone were so poorly ossified.
At some point this morning, I dreamed of finding a very small plesiosaur vertebra, no larger than a quarter.
Last night, I read "Osteology of the cryptocleidoid plesiosaur Tatenectes laramiensis, with comments on the taxonomic status of the Cimoliasauridae" from the new JVP, and we watched four more episodes of Buffy.
While many claim their sea monsters to be plesiosaur-like (see Loch Ness and Champ), Chessie has always been described as a snake-like creature between thirty and forty feet.
This creature resembles a large aquatic serpent plesiosaur, which today is best known as Nessie, a nickname given by its fans, whether existing or not, the monster is a celebrity today.