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Huene, 1923
   
Pronounced
Theek-oh-SEEL-or-uss
Thecocoelurus cervical vertebra

Meaning

Sheath hollow form
Length
7 metres (25ft)
Classification

Theropoda,
Oviraptorsauria, Barsbold, 1976

'Thecocoelurus daviesi' (Seeley, 1888)

Stratigraphy
Wessex Formation
Lifestyle

'Thecocoelurus' is a large Oviraptorsaur theropod, which if it is like other oviraptorsaurs had no teeth, although this does not mean it was incapable of carnivory. It almost certainly had feathers.
(More info can be found at DinoWight Palaeoecology)

Locality
Brighstone Bay, it's as good as anywhere else...

Description of Material

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The only known specimen of 'Thecocoelurus' is the anterior part of a cervical vertebra, which is projected to have been 90mm in length. This specimen shares features with oviraptorosaurs and therizinosaurs, but has no defining features of its own, but is more similar to oviraptorosaurs as therizinosauroids have more robust neural spines and slit-shaped pneumatic foramina, whereas oviraptorosaurs have rounded foramina. .

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

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Further Information.
Thecocoelurus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
References (not cited above)
Naish and Martill, 2001c
Naish and Martill, 2002

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