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Gervais, 1852
   
Pronounced
Op-low SAW-russ
Oplosaurus teeth

Meaning

Probably comes from the Greek 'hoplon', meaning armour or shield, Lizard
Length
22 to 25 metres (72 to 82 ft)
Classification

Sauropoda,
?Camarasauridae Cope, 1877

'Oplosaurus armatus' Gervais, 1852

Stratigraphy
Wessex Formation
Lifestyle

A long-necked sauropod dinosaur, Oplosaurus was a browser, eating tough vegetation with its chisel-like teeth. It probably was only a visitor when it died, as there was insufficient vegetation to support a sauropod population.
(More info can be found at DinoWight Palaeoecology)

Locality
Brighstone Bay, which is quite vague, but is the best I can offer I'm afraid...

Description of Material

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The only definitely identified specimen is a single tooth, most likely found in the Wessex Formation at Brighstone Bay. The crown of the tooth has a pointed apex and is labio-lingually compressed with a slightly concave lingual surface, and the root is cylindrical. There are likely to be some visible wear facets.The tooth is very similar to that of Brachiosaurus, except the vertical ridge on the labial side of the tooth is restricted to the tip of the crown, although they have recently been assigned to the Camarasauridae, and there are also those who think it is of unknown affinity.

Material is rare, so please report it if you find some...

How do I know if I've found a bone?

Further Information.
Oplosaurus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
References (not cited above)
Naish and Martill, 2001d
Naish et al, 2004

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