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Synonyms for plesiosaurus

extinct marine reptile with a small head on a long neck a short tail and four paddle-shaped limbs

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As recently as 1977, the Japanese issued a commemorative stamp of a plesiosaurus, which one of its fishermen had caught off the coast of New Zealand.
Others are Donna Shirley, inventor of the Mars Rover robot; Jane Goodall, who did invaluable research among chimpanzees; Mary Anning, who as a young girl found the first complete plesiosaurus ever found, which led her to become a paleontologist; and Sue Hendrickson, finder of the most complete set of Tyrannosaurus Rex bones ever--amazingly enough, in South Dakota.
It looks like a plesiosaurus, which is what they say the Loch Ness Monster is.
In 1823 Mary Anning discovered the specimen recognized by Conybeare as the first virtually complete remains of a plesiosaurus and purchased by the Duke of Buckingham.