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A new sauropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of the United Kingdom.
PLoS One. 2015; 10(6):e0128107.Plos

Abstract

A new record of a sauropodomorph dinosaur is here described from the Middle Jurassic (Aalenian) Saltwick Formation of Whitby (Yorkshire), UK. A single caudal vertebra represents an early sauropodomorph and signifies the earliest recognised eusauropod dinosaur from the United Kingdom. The absence of pleurocoels and a narrow, dorsoventrally deep, but craniocaudally short centrum, suggests a primitive sauropodomorph. Distinct spinopostzygopophyseal laminae rise from the lateral margins of the postzygapophyses and pass caudally along what remains of the neural spine, a character unique to a subgroup of sauropods that includes Barapasaurus, Omeisaurus and other neosauropods and eusauropods. The lack of phylogenetically robust characters in sauropod caudal vertebrae usually makes it difficult to establish affinities, but the absence of mild procoely excludes this specimen from both Diplodocoidea and Lithostrotia. The vertebra cannot be further distinguished from those of a wide range of basal sauropods, cetiosaurids and basal macronarians. However, this plesiomorphic vertebra still signifies the earliest stratigraphic occurrence for a British sauropod dinosaur.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, United Kingdom.School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, United Kingdom.Independent Researcher, 14 Green Lane, Dronfield, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26030865

Citation

Manning, Phillip L., et al. "A New Sauropod Dinosaur From the Middle Jurassic of the United Kingdom." PloS One, vol. 10, no. 6, 2015, pp. e0128107.
Manning PL, Egerton VM, Romano M. A new sauropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of the United Kingdom. PLoS One. 2015;10(6):e0128107.
Manning, P. L., Egerton, V. M., & Romano, M. (2015). A new sauropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of the United Kingdom. PloS One, 10(6), e0128107. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0128107
Manning PL, Egerton VM, Romano M. A New Sauropod Dinosaur From the Middle Jurassic of the United Kingdom. PLoS One. 2015;10(6):e0128107. PubMed PMID: 26030865.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A new sauropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of the United Kingdom. AU - Manning,Phillip L, AU - Egerton,Victoria M, AU - Romano,Mike, Y1 - 2015/06/01/ PY - 2014/10/02/received PY - 2015/04/22/accepted PY - 2015/6/2/entrez PY - 2015/6/2/pubmed PY - 2016/4/7/medline SP - e0128107 EP - e0128107 JF - PloS one JO - PLoS One VL - 10 IS - 6 N2 - A new record of a sauropodomorph dinosaur is here described from the Middle Jurassic (Aalenian) Saltwick Formation of Whitby (Yorkshire), UK. A single caudal vertebra represents an early sauropodomorph and signifies the earliest recognised eusauropod dinosaur from the United Kingdom. The absence of pleurocoels and a narrow, dorsoventrally deep, but craniocaudally short centrum, suggests a primitive sauropodomorph. Distinct spinopostzygopophyseal laminae rise from the lateral margins of the postzygapophyses and pass caudally along what remains of the neural spine, a character unique to a subgroup of sauropods that includes Barapasaurus, Omeisaurus and other neosauropods and eusauropods. The lack of phylogenetically robust characters in sauropod caudal vertebrae usually makes it difficult to establish affinities, but the absence of mild procoely excludes this specimen from both Diplodocoidea and Lithostrotia. The vertebra cannot be further distinguished from those of a wide range of basal sauropods, cetiosaurids and basal macronarians. However, this plesiomorphic vertebra still signifies the earliest stratigraphic occurrence for a British sauropod dinosaur. SN - 1932-6203 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26030865/A_new_sauropod_dinosaur_from_the_Middle_Jurassic_of_the_United_Kingdom_ L2 - https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0128107 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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