The sauropods of the Isle of Wight are not well understood at present. Despite this, names such as Chondrosteosaurus, Pelorosaurus, Ornithopsis and Opisthocoelicaudia have been given in the past to very incomplete sauropod remains, often isolated bones. However, in 1992, the most complete skeleton of a Wealden-age sauropod in the world was found, and is now displayed at Dinosaur Isle. Precisely which sauropod it is remains a mystery (although it is most likely to be Eucamerotus or Pelorosaurus), but unfortunately neither of these are known from more than a few bones.
Dinosaur Isle also displays one of the largest vertebrae ever found in Wealden-age rocks – this 700 mm long bone once belonged to a brachiosaurid at least 20 metres long!
|Superfamily: ||Brachiosauridae |
|Size: ||15 - 20m long |
|Food: ||Plants |
|What does the name mean? ||Eucamerotus (‘well-chambered’ in reference to the large cavities in the vertebrae) Pelorosaurus (‘monstrous lizard’) |