Liopleurodon was first discovered by the French paleontologist Henri Sauvage in 1873. All he found were teeth, but they were very distinctive in lacking ridges or serrations that are normally seen on large fossil reptile teeth. Sauvage knew that he had a new animal, and named it Liopleurodon, referring to the smooth sides of the teeth.
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Pliosaurs were different from the more familiar long necked plesiosaurs like Elasmosaurus in that they had huge heads and a short neck. Instead of waiting for fish to swim by and then darting its jaws forward using a long neck like Elasmosaurus did, Liopleurodon and other pliosaurs chased their prey down using their large paddles to row through the water at high speed. With its huge jaws and large, smooth teeth, Liopleurodon would have been able to capture and eat very large fish and even other plesiosaurs.