Santa Marta Cove elasmosaurid (Cretaceous of Antarctica)

Where: James Ross Island, Antarctica (63.9° S, 57.9° W: paleocoordinates 61.8° S, 68.5° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Herbert Sound Member (Snow Hill Island Formation), Late/Upper Campanian (83.5 - 70.6 Ma)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marginal marine; sandstone

• shallow marine environment

Size class: macrofossils

Collected in 2011; reposited in the MLP

Primary reference: J. P. O'Gorman. 2012. The oldest elasmosaurs (Sauropterygia, Plesiosauria) from Antarctica, Santa Marta Formation (upper Coniacian? Santonian-upper Campanian) and Snow Hill Island Formation (upper Campanian-lower Maastrichtian), James Ross Island. Polar Research 31(11090):1-10 [P. Mannion/P. Mannion/P. Mannion]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 140271: authorized by Philip Mannion, entered by Philip Mannion on 06.03.2013

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Taxonomic list

 Sauropterygia - Elasmosauridae
Elasmosauridae indet. Cope 1869 elasmosaur
MLP 86-X-28-3 (two cervical vertebrae) and MLP 86-X- 28-(2-6) (10 posterior cervical vertebrae articulated with three pectoral vertebrae, part of two dorsal vertebrae, ribs and indeterminate fragments)