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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) 
brachiosaur.
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 
excavated.
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 
team.
I would recommend a visit if anyone is over in blighty !
Phil Manning