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Craterosaurus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Clade  Dinosauria
Species  †C. pottonensis
Rank  Genus
Class  Reptilia
Suborder  †Stegosauria
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Ornithischia
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Similar  Regnosaurus, Paranthodon, Chialingosaurus, Anoplosaurus, Echinodon

Craterosaurus (meaning krater reptile or bowl reptile) was a genus of stegosaurid dinosaur. It lived during the Early Cretaceous (Valanginian to Barremian stages) around 145-136 million years ago. Its fossils were found in England. Craterosaurus may actually be a junior synonym of Regnosaurus, but only one fossil, a partial vertebra, was recovered.

The type (and only known) species is Craterosaurus pottonensis, described in 1874 by Harry Seeley. The specific name refers to the Potton bonebed. Seeley mistook the fossil, holotype SMC B.28814, for the base of a cranium. Franz Nopcsa in 1912 correctly identified it as the front part of a neural arch. Craterosaurus was placed in Stegosauria by Galton, although subsequent authors did not recognize Craterosaurus as a distinct, valid taxon.

craterosaurus pottonensis


References

Craterosaurus Wikipedia


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