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Re: Alamosaurus Cervicals

Alan Blake Coulson wrote:

> No cervicals of Alamosaurus have been officially described in the literature,
> though several have been collected. The legendary Barnum Brown collected a
> single sauropod cervical from the Big Bend country way back in c.a. 1941 
> which,
> to my knowledge, has never been described (maybe still sitting in its field
> jacket on some dusty shelf).

This may be the element I saw on my visit to TMM last year.  The vert I saw was
catalogued as _Alamosaurus_ and was definitely a cervical, but that's about all 
can tell.  The neural spine, cervical rib complex, and exterior cortical bone 
all blown off.  The exposed matrix filling the numerous interior camellae give 
vert a nubbly appearance reminiscent of petrified shag carpet.  The vert is 
in proportion (centrum length vs. diameter) to those figured for _Saltasaurus_, 
what its worth.

On the subject of titanosaur cervicals . . . has there been any discussion of 
extremely *short* cervicals figured for _Titanosaurus colberti_ by Jain and
Bandhayopadyay (1997) [yeah, I probably got that second name wrong, but I'm 
from memory here]?  The middle and posterior cervicals are almost as wide as 
This is a staggeringly unusual configuration for a sauropod, most of which went 
other direction in terms of neck length.  I have not seen any skeletal
reconstructions, but it looks to me as though _T. colberti_ could barely reach 
ground.  Jain and company should have gone for some publicity: "World's
Shortest-Necked Sauropod Discovered in India!" :-P

Matt Wedel
Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave.
Norman, OK 73072