Great Western Railway cutting, Wootton Bassett (BMNH) (Jurassic of the United Kingdom)

Where: England, United Kingdom (51.4° N, 2.0° W: paleocoordinates 42.0° N, 8.0° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Kimmeridge Clay Formation, Kimmeridgian (157.3 - 152.1 Ma)

• lower part of formation

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; claystone

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by W. Cunnington, H. N. Goddard in 1849; reposited in the BMNH

Collection methods: quarrying, mechanical,

Primary reference: R. Owen. 1877. Monographs on the fossil Reptilia of the Mesozoic formations. Part III. (Omosaurus). 31:95-97 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano/M. Carrano]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 47789: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Matthew Carrano on 01.03.2005, edited by Roger Benson and Jonathan Tennant

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Ornithischia -
Omosaurus hastiger n. sp. Owen 1877 ornithischian
BMNH 46320-2
 Loricata - Metriorhynchidae
Metriorhynchidae indet.1 Fitzinger 1843 marine crocodile
 Sauropterygia - Pliosauridae
Pliosaurus macromerus2, "Pliosaurus brachydirus" = Pliosaurus brachydeirus2
Pliosaurus macromerus2 Phillips 1871 plesiosaur
BMNH 24684, and 24684c anterior cervical centra purchased 1849; BMNH 46795d, posterior dorsal centrum purchased 1875; plus BMNH 24684d-e, posterior dorsal centra
"Pliosaurus brachydirus" = Pliosaurus brachydeirus2 Owen 1841 plesiosaur
BMNH 24684, dorsal centrum purchased 1849