If you’ve ever experienced whiplash, you can imagine how tough a life this plesiosaur had. With a body which was mostly neck, Elasmosaurus was originally put together by paleontologists the wrong way: with a short neck and elongated tail.

Animal trivia: Elasmosaurus of strange prehistoric animals
Animal trivia: Elasmosaurus of strange prehistoric animals

(It was also originally depicted as having a flexible, snake-like neck which has since been refuted.) Measuring about 46 feet (14 m), Elasmosaurus prowled the oceans at a length of nearly four Mini Coopers end-to-end.

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