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British Brachiosaur !!!
Last weekend, on a trip to the Isle of Wight (England), I was
fortunate enough to see the excavated remains of a sauropod, which
has been identified as the remains of a small (40 feet long)
The material has been excavated from the Lower Cretaceous, Wessex
Formation of the island and is a partial skeleton consisting of (so
far) 4 dorsal, 1 cervical and 6 caudal vertebrae; 11 ribs,
scapulacoracoid, sternal plates, both humeri, a single radius and
ulna; at least four (?) metatarsals, a femur, ischium and ilium.
The first report of this find was made in March 1992, however the site
was known from the summer of 1990, when the femur was first
The preservation of the bone is most interesting, having come from
the overbank mudstones so typical of the Wessex Formation on the Isle
of Wight. The bone has an ivory look, which is laced with minute
fractures due to compaction. The bones on the whole are in excellent
condititioin, however the vertebrae have been moderately compressed.
The remains of the brachiosaur, as well as the partial remains of at
least two other dinosaurs (Iguanodons) are on display at a temporary
site: Dinosaur Farm Museum, Military Road, Nr. Brighstone, Isle of Wight.
There is a charge for entry to the museum; Adults stlg1.50, Children
stlg0.75. It is possible to watch conservators working on the sauropod
remains at the museum, as well as talk with members of the excavation
I would recommend a visit if anyone is over in blighty !