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Image number: RS.12029
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Brontosaurus excelsius’

Date

1896

Object type

Library reference

RCN54583

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 254mm
width (print): 194mm

Subject

Earth Sciences
   > Palaeontology
      > Fossils

Description

Side view of a reconstruction of the fossilized skeletal remains of a Jurassic period dinosaur, here referred to as Brontosaurus excelcius (Apatosaurus excelcius).

Plate 42 from the book The dinosaurs of North America by Othniel Charles Marsh (Washington, 1896).

The accompanying description states that: ‘Nearly all the bones represented in this restoration belonged to a single individual which when alive was nearly or quite sixty feet in length…The type specimen was discovered by W.H.Reed, near Lake Como, Wyoming.’

Inscribed above: ‘U.S.GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SIXTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT PART I PL.XLII.’ Inscribed below: ‘RESTORATION OF BRONTOSAURUS EXCELCIUS Marsh. One-ninetieth natural size. Jurassic, Wyoming.’

Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899) American palaeontologist and Yale University professor, known for participating in the ‘bone wars’ against Edward Drinker Cope.

Associated place

<The World>
   > North America
      > United States