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definitely identified specimen is a single tooth, from the Wealden
group, the exact locality being unknown, but the south west coast
is probably the best place to look. This is a difficult dinosaur
to diagnose, as there is no actual holotype, as the tooth was described
as one of a selection of teeth. They reveal enough to designate
them to the titanosauriformes, with laterally placed labial grooves.
The teeth are very similar to Oplosaurus,
except they are less spatulate, and some experts consider that Oplosaurus
and Pleurocoelus are differently aged individuals of
the same species. It is also likely that Pleurocoelus is
actually Astrodon, a very similar animal found elsewhere
in the world, which is regarded as a senior synonym, but until a
skull is found, this is unprovable.
is rare, so please report it if you find some...
do I know if I've found a bone?