Jurassic Morrison Camarasaurus Caudal Chevron
Camarasaurus sp.
Morrison Formation
Upper Jurassic
Moffat County, Colorado
This specimen is a large caudal vertebrae chevron. It is 13 inches long and is absolutely complete. The chevron has only one repair on the distal flange. The disjointed segment at the proximal end was prepared as collected and is not repaired or reconstructed. There is only minor restoration of natural fractures and several small spots. Overall this is a wonderful example of this interesting Sauropod bone.

Camarasaurus was a genus of quadrupedal, herbivorous dinosaurs. It was the most common of the giant sauropods to be found in North America. Its fossil remains have been found in the Morrison Formation of Colorado and Utah, dating to the Late Jurassic epoch (Kimmeridgian to Tithonian stages), between 155 and 145 million years ago. Camarasaurus presented a distinctive cranial profile of a blunt snout and an arched skull that was remarkably square. It likely travelled in herds, or at least in family groups. The name means "chambered lizard", referring to the hollow chambers in its vertebrae.

Camarasaurus is among the most common and frequently well-preserved sauropod dinosaurs. The maximum size of the most common species, C. lentus, was about 15 meters (49 ft) in length. The largest species, C. supremus, reached a maximum length of 23 meters (75 ft) and maximum estimated weight of 47 tonnes (51.8 tons).
The arched skull of Camarasaurus was remarkably square and the blunt snout had many fenestrae, though it was sturdy and is frequently recovered in good condition by paleontologists. The 19 centimeter long (7.5 in) teeth were shaped like chisels (spatulate) and arranged evenly along the jaw. The strength of the teeth indicates that Camarasaurus probably ate coarser plant material than the slender-toothed diplodocids
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