Elasmosaurus sternbergi type locality, Gove County (Cretaceous of the United States)

Where: Gove County County, Kansas (38.9° N, 100.5° W: paleocoordinates 42.2° N, 67.0° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Smoky Hill Chalk Member (Niobrara Formation), Santonian (86.3 - 83.6 Ma)

• "Yellow Chalk" (Williston 1906, p. 232)

•"Smoky Hill Chalk Member" (Storrs 1999, p. 5)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; yellow chalk

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by Mr Charles Sternberg in 1895

Collection methods: quarrying

• KUVP collection

Primary reference: 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]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 117843: authorized by Roger Benson, entered by Roger Benson on 27.09.2011

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Taxonomic list

 Sauropterygia - Elasmosauridae
Elasmosaurus sternbergi n. sp. Williston 1906 elasmosaur
KUVP specimen (holotype, two dorsal vertebrae and some additional fragments)