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Owen, 1876
   
Pronounced
Con-DROSS-tee-oh-SAW-russ
Chondrosteosaurus cervical vertebra

Meaning

Cartilage and bone lizard
Length
18m
Classification

Sauropoda,
Titanosauriformes

''Chondrosteosaurus gigas' Owen, 1876

Stratigraphy
Wessex Formation
Lifestyle

A long-necked sauropod dinosaur, Chondrosteosaurus was a browser, eating tough vegetation with its spoon-shaped teeth. It probably was only a visitor when it died, as there was insufficient vegetation to support a large sauropod population.
(More info can be found at DinoWight Palaeoecology)

Locality
The specimen was found on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. This is very imprecise, but there is insufficient data, but Brighstone or Brook bays are the most likely candidates.

Description of Material

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Chondrosteosaurus is known from unspecified specimens, there is a vertebra that can be used for identification. It was originally placed in the camarasauridae because of an oblique dividing lamina within the pleurocoel and the broad flat ventral surface of the centrum. However, these features are present in diplodocids, brachiosaurs and several other sauropods, so are apparently non-diagnostic.

Material is rare, so please report it if you find some...

How do I know if I've found a bone?

Further Information.
Chondrosteosaurus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
References (not cited above)
Naish and Martill, 2001d

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