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dc.contributor.authorBarrett, PM
dc.contributor.authorChapelle, KJ
dc.contributor.authorStaunton, CK
dc.contributor.authorBotha, J
dc.contributor.authorChoiniere, JN
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-08T14:16:45Z
dc.date.available2019-07-08T14:16:45Z
dc.date.issued2019-04-29
dc.date.submitted2019-07-04
dc.identifier.citationPostcranial osteology of the neotype specimen of Massospondylus carinatus Owen, 1854 (Dinosauria: Sauropodomorpha) from the upper Elliot formation of South Africa Barrett, Paul M.; Chapelle, Kimberley E.J.; Staunton, Casey K.; Botha, Jennifer; Choiniere, Jonah N. (2019) Palaeontologia Africana, v.53, p.114-178. https://hdl.handle.net/10539/26829en_US
dc.identifier.issn0078-8554
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10141/622542
dc.descriptionOA published versionen_US
dc.description.abstractMassospondylus carinatus Owen, 1854, from the earliest Jurassic upper Elliot Formation of South Africa, was one of the first dinosaurs to be described from Gondwana. It has been incorporated into numerous phylogenetic, palaeobiological and biostratigraphic analyses, is often viewed as an exemplar for understanding sauropodomorph anatomy and is a key taxon in studies of early dinosaur evolution. Since its initial description, numerous specimens have been referred to this species, ranging from isolated postcranial elements to complete skeletons with three-dimensional skulls. In addition,M. carinatus has been identified in areas outside of the main Karoo Basin. Surprisingly, however, there have been few attempts to define the taxon rigorously, so that the basis for many of these referrals is weak, undermining the utility of this abundant material. Here, we provide the first detailed postcranial description of the neotype specimen of M. carinatus, use it as a basis for diagnosing the species on the basis of cranial, axial and appendicular characters, demonstrate that it represents an adult individual on the basis of osteohistology, and discuss ways in which these data can assist in providing a better understanding of Karoo-aged African dinosaur faunas.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of the Witwatersrand Johannesburgen_US
dc.relation.urihttp://wiredspace.wits.ac.za/handle/10539/26829en_US
dc.rightsopenAccessen_US
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectMassospondylus carinatus; Massospondylidae; Sauropodomorpha; upper Elliot Formation; postcranial anatomy; osteohistology; taxonomyen_US
dc.titlePostcranial osteology of the neotype specimen of Massospondylus carinatus Owen, 1854 (Dinosauria: Sauropodomorpha) from the upper Elliot formation of South Africaen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.identifier.journalPalaeontologia Africanaen_US
dc.conference.locationSouth Africaen_US
dc.identifier.volume53en_US
dc.identifier.startpage114 - 178en_US
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group/Earth Sciences
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group/Earth Sciences/Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group/Functional groups
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group/Functional groups/Research
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elements.import.authorBarrett, PMen_US
elements.import.authorChapelle, KJen_US
elements.import.authorStaunton, CKen_US
elements.import.authorBotha, Jen_US
elements.import.authorChoiniere, JNen_US
dc.description.nhmPalaeontologia africana 2019. ©2019 Paul M. Barrett, Kimberley E. J. Chapelle, Casey K. Staunton, Jennifer Botha & Jonah N. Choiniere. This is an open-access article published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC BY4.0). To view a copy of the license, please visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/. This license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. The article and five supplements are permanently archived at: http://wiredspace.wits.ac.za/handle/10539/26829. The attached article is the published pdf.en_US
dc.subject.nhmMassospondylus carinatusen_US
dc.subject.nhmMassospondylidaeen_US
dc.subject.nhmSauropodomorphaen_US
dc.subject.nhmupper Elliot Formationen_US
dc.subject.nhmpostcranial anatomyen_US
dc.subject.nhmosteohistologyen_US
dc.subject.nhmtaxonomyen_US
refterms.dateFOA2019-07-08T14:16:45Z


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