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1 September 2018 The Mystery of Elasmosaurus platyurus Cope 1868 – Where is the Rest of the Type Specimen?
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As originally described by Cope (1868), the type specimen of Elasmosaurus platyurus from western Kansas included more than 100 vertebrae, portions of the skull, and the reasonably complete pectoral and pelvic girdles of what was then the largest known plesiosaur. Within four years of its discovery, however, both of the limb girdles had disappeared with no official explanation. Here we document the events leading up to the loss of important portions of this unique specimen.

Jane P. Davidson and Michael J. Everhart "The Mystery of Elasmosaurus platyurus Cope 1868 – Where is the Rest of the Type Specimen?," Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 121(3-4), 335-345, (1 September 2018). https://doi.org/10.1660/062.121.0403
Published: 1 September 2018
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