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Re: A giant brachiosaurid from the Isle of Wight
Just going to add, this paper is in Cretaceous
Research, although it is currently in press.
Simon M. Clabby
--- "Simon M. Clabby" <email@example.com> wrote:
> Europe's largest dinosaur? A giant brachiosaurid
> cervical vertebra from the Wessex Formation (Early
> Cretaceous) of southern England
> Darren Naisha, , , David M. Martilla, David Cooperb
> and Kent A. Stevensc
> aSchool of Earth and Environmental Sciences,
> University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 3QL, UK
> bLittle Shate, Mill Lane, Brighstone, Newport, Isle
> Wight PO30 4BU, UK
> cDepartment of Computer and Information Science,
> Deschutes Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
> 97403, USA
> Received 28 February 2002; accepted 14 July 2004.
> Available online 17 November 2004.
> A single brachiosaurid sauropod cervical vertebra
> the Wessex Formation (Barremian, Early Cretaceous)
> the Isle of Wight is remarkable for its size. With a
> partial centrum length (i.e., excluding evidence of
> the anterior condyle) of 745 mm it represents the
> largest sauropod cervical reported from Europe and
> close in size to cervical vertebrae of the giant
> brachiosaurid Brachiosaurus brancai from Late
> Tanzania. The complete animal probably exceeded 20 m
> in total length. The specimen shares important
> morphological characters with Sauroposeidon proteles
> from Early Cretaceous USA, including extensive
> fossae and well-developed posterior
> centroparapophyseal laminae, indicating that it is
> part of a Brachiosaurus?Sauroposeidon clade, and in
> some characters is intermediate between the two.
> to the complexities of Isle of Wight sauropod
> the specimen is not attributed to a named taxon.
> Keywords: Dinosauria; Sauropoda; Brachiosauridae;
> Brachiosaurus; Sauroposeidon; Early Cretaceous; Isle
> of Wight; England
> Simon M. Clabby
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