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Bothriospondylus


Bothriospondylus ("excavated vertabra") is an dubious genus of sauropod dinosaur. It lived during the late Jurassic.

The type species, Bothriospondylus suffossus, was described by Richard Owen in 1875.The specific epithet suffossus means "undermined" in Latin, a reference to the fact that pleurocoels had hollowed out the sides of the vertebra. It is often incorrectly spelled as "suffosus". Owen based the species on holotype BMNH R44592-5, a set of four dorsal vertebrae found in Wiltshiere in a stratum from the Kimmeridgian, the Kimmerge Clay. Also three unfused sacral vertebrae were referred.

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