a plant-eating brachiosaurid sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of England.
Synonyms: Cetiosaurus conybeari
(Conybeare's Monstrous Lizard)Etymology
is derived from the Greek "Peloros" (monstrous, gigantic) and "sauros" (lizard). The species epithet
, honors English geologist, palaeontologist and clergyman William Daniel Conybeare.
It was officially named on Valentine's day — February 14th — 1850. There's no relevance, we just thought you might like to know.
The first fossils of Pelorosaurus
were recovered from the Wealden Sandstone, Tilgate Forest, Sussex, England, by Mr. Peter Fuller in 1847.
(BMNH R28626) is a "stupendous
humerus" (a right, upper arm bone).
: Early Cretaceous
: 140-125 mya
Est. max. length
: 24 meters
Est. max. hip height
Est. max. weight
: 30 tons
• Owen R (1842) "Report on British fossil reptiles, Part II".
• Melville AG (1849) "Notes on the vertebral column of Iguanodon
• Mantell GA (1850) "On the Pelorosaurus: an undescribed gigantic terrestrial reptile, whose remains are associated with those of the Iguanodon and other saurians in the strata of Tilgate Forest, in Sussex
• Upchurch P and Martin J (2003) "The Anatomy and Taxonomy of Cetiosaurus
(Saurischia, Sauropoda) from the Middle Jurassic of England".
• Upchurch P, Martin J and Taylor MP (2009) "Case 3472: Cetiosaurus Owen, 1841 (Dinosauria, Sauropoda): proposed conservation of usage by designation of Cetiosaurus oxoniensis Phillips, 1871 as the type species
• Brett-Surman, Holtz and Farlow (2012) "The Complete Dinosaur: Second Edition
• Upchurch P, Mannion PD and Taylor MP (2015) "The Anatomy and Phylogenetic Relationships of “Pelorosaurus“ becklesii (Neosauropoda, Macronaria) from the Early Cretaceous of England
". PLoS ONE 10(6): e0125819.
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