W. Philip Ranch, southeast of Hays (FHSM VP-71 locality) (Cretaceous to of the United States)

Where: Ellis County County, Kansas (38.8° N, 99.2° W: paleocoordinates 39.5° N, 64.4° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Pfeifer Member (Greenhorn Limestone Formation), Early/Lower Turonian to Early/Lower Turonian (93.5 - 89.3 Ma)

• Records associated with FHSM VP-71 state that it was discovered in a block of building stone being used to construct the stadium on Fort Hays State University campus in 1938. The are being used for quarry stone was on the W. Philip Ranch, in Ellis County, southeast of Hays, and most likely the block came from the Fencepost Limestone bed of the Greenhorn Limestone.This stone was used to construct many of the buildings on the Fort Hays campus. This bed is within the Pfeifer Member.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; limestone

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by Fort Hays campus stadium building stone in 1938

Collection methods: quarrying

• FHSM collection

Primary reference: B. A. Schumacher and M. J. Everhart. 2005. A stratigraphic and taxonomic review of plesiosaurs from the old "Fort Benton Group" of central Kansas: a new assessment of old records. Paludicola 5(2):33-54 [R. Benson/R. Benson/R. Butler]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 117807: authorized by Roger Benson, entered by Roger Benson on 27.09.2011

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Taxonomic list

 Sauropterygia - Polycotylidae
Trinacromerum bentonianum Cragin 1888 plesiosaur
FHSM VP-71 (five dorsal vertebrae, partial right scapula and rib)