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Futabasaurus Suzuki

Futabasaurus Suzuki - Joy of Museums - National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo

This Futabasaurus Suzuki is a reconstructed skeleton of the first ever discovered fossil examples from the Plesiosaurs family found in Japan. The rocks in which it was found date to the early Santonian age of about 85 million years ago. The fossils were found by Tadashi Suzuki, a high school student and the species name is derived from his family name, Suzuki.

About 70% of the fossil skeleton is preserved and it is one of the most complete fossils discovered in Japan. It was exposed along the Ohisa River in Iwaki City, Fukushima.


  • Title:                  Futabasaurus Suzuki
  • Material:           Fossils
  • Created:            40,000 BCE to 14,000 BCE
  • Length:             6.4–9.2 metres (21–30 ft)
  • Weight:             3–4 tonnes (3.0–3.9 LT)
  • Discovered:      Japan
  • Museum:          National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo


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