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Cetiosaurus was the very first sauropod to be discovered, and is the best known sauropod dinosaur from England.
Cetiosaurus was first discovered in 1841 on the Isle of Wight and named by Sir Richard Owen. He first thought the bones must belong to some sort of large marine reptile, thus the name. Several more specimens of Cetiosaurus were discovered in the late 1840s and an almost complete specimen was discovered in 1868. Thomas Huxley eventually recognized Cetiosaurus as a dinosaur after the magnificent find in 1869. Several isolated bones from a dinosaur were discovered in the late 18th century on the North East coast at Whitby which possibly belong to Cetiosaurus. Four separate species are known from Cetiosaurus including the most famous Cetiosaurus oxoniensis, which was discovered at Rutland in Oxfordshire. This specimen was from the Bajocian stage of the Jurassic Period.
- Cetiosaurus oxoniensis
- Phillips, 1871
- Meaning of generic name
- Whale lizard
- Meaning of specific name
- from Oxford
- Length: 18 m
- Vertebrae, ribs and limb fragments
- Age and Distribution
- (Bajocian), Isle of Wight, UK
- Dinosauria Saurischia Sauropoda Cetiosauridae
- Further Reading
- Upchurch P & Martin J (2003). "The Anatomy and Taxonomy of Cetiosaurus (Saurischia, Sauropoda) from the Middle Jurassic of England". Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 23 (1): 208–231.
- Image by Nobu Tamura (click to enlarge)
- Cetiosaurus oxoniensis, May 4, 2009: