Elasmosaurus sternbergi type locality, Gove County: Santonian, Kansas
collected by Mr Charles Sternberg 1895

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Taxonomic list
Reptilia - Sauropterygia - Elasmosauridae
Elasmosaurus sternbergi n. sp. Williston 1906
1 individual
nomen dubium belonging to Elasmosauridae
KUVP specimen (holotype, two dorsal vertebrae and some additional fragments)
see common names

Country:United States State/province:Kansas County:Gove County
Coordinates: 38.9° North, 100.5° West (view map)
Paleocoordinates:42.2° North, 67.0° West
Basis of coordinate:based on nearby landmark
Geographic resolution:local area
Period:Cretaceous Epoch:Late/Upper Cretaceous
Stage:Santonian 10 m.y. bin:Cretaceous 6
Key time interval:Santonian
Age range of interval:86.30000 - 83.60000 m.y. ago
Geological group:Colorado Formation:Niobrara Member:Smoky Hill Chalk
Stratigraphic resolution:bed
Stratigraphy comments: "Yellow Chalk" (Williston 1906, p. 232)
"Smoky Hill Chalk Member" (Storrs 1999, p. 5)
Lithology and environment
Primary lithology:yellow chalk
Includes fossils?Y
Environment:marine indet.
Modes of preservation:body
Size of fossils:macrofossils
Temporal resolution:snapshot
Collection methods and comments
Collection methods:selective quarrying
Reason for describing collection:taxonomic analysis
Collectors:Mr Charles Sternberg Collection dates:1895
Collection method comments: KUVP collection
Database number:117843
Authorizer:R. Benson Enterer:R. Benson
Modifier:M. Carrano Research group:vertebrate
Created:2011-09-27 21:07:32 Last modified:2012-01-31 16:06:07
Access level:the public Released:2011-09-27 21:07:32
Creative Commons license:CC BY
Reference information

Primary reference:

26148.ETE S. W. Williston. 1906. North American plesiosaurs: Elasmosaurus, Cimoliasaurus, and Polycotylus. The American Journal of Science, series 4 21:221-236 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano]

Secondary references:

38181 G. W. Storrs. 1999. An examination of Plesiosauria (Diapsida: Sauropterygia) from the Niobrara Chalk (Upper Cretaceous) of Central North America. Paleontological Contributions of the University of Kansas 11:1-15 [R. Benson/R. Benson]