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[dinosaur] Camarasaurus from Montana (free pdf)

Ben Creisler

A new paper:

D. Cary Woodruff &, John R. Foster (2017)
The first specimen of Camarasaurus (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from Montana: The northernmost occurrence of the genus. 
PLoS ONE 12(5): e0177423.
doi:  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177423

A partial skeleton from the Little Snowy Mountains of central Montana is the first referable specimen of the Morrison Formation macronarian sauropod Camarasaurus. This specimen also represents the northernmost occurrence of a sauropod in the Morrison. Histological study indicates that, although the specimen is relatively small statured, it is skeletally mature; this further emphasizes that size is not a undeviating proxy to maturity in dinosaurs, and that morphologies associated with an individual’s age and stature may be more nebulous in sauropods.