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Re: More Sauroposeidon material from Texas

Paper received. Many thanks to those that replied!


----- Original Message -----
> From: Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com>
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Cc: 
> Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 2:43 AM
> Subject: More Sauroposeidon material from Texas
> From: Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> A new online paper:
> D. A. Winkler, M. J. Polcyn and L. L. Jacobs (2013)
> New sauropod dinosaur material from Jones Ranch: a large Comanchean
> nonmammalian tetrapod from Texas.
> Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of
> Edinburgh  (advance online publication)
> DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755691013000418
> http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9015871&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S1755691013000418
> New sauropod dinosaur material is described from Jones Ranch, Early
> Cretaceous of Texas (USA). Originally described as Paluxysaurus
> jonesi, the material from Jones Ranch has recently been referred to
> Sauroposeidon proteles. Elements newly prepared from dense
> concretionary matrix include the sacrum, ilium and proximal portion of
> the tail. Reconstructions of the skull and sacrum plus pelvic girdles
> are presented. ‘Paluxysaurus jonesi’ (=S. proteles) is a blunt-faced
> sauropod that was originally regarded as closely related to
> Brachiosaurus. Portions of the sacrum are now exposed and show that it
> is nearly complete, missing only parts of the first sacral (S1). The
> anterior sacrals are firmly fused, however, a newly discovered
> opisthocoelous last sacral (S6) remains unfused. A complete sequence
> of proximal caudal vertebrae shows a rapid transition from
> anteroposteriorly short and mediolaterally broad centra anteriorly, to
> more elongate cylindrical centra posteriorly. All proximal caudals
> have slightly amphicoelous centra. Some middle anterior caudals have a
> shallow longitudinal groove on the ventral surface of the centrum.
> Specimens from Jones Ranch exhibit characters of the sacrum and tail
> that clearly corrob
nt of ‘P. jonesi’ (Sauroposeidon
> proteles) as a somphospondylan titanosauriform.