Calamospondylus

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Calamospondylus
Temporal range: Early Cretaceous, 130 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Clade: Pennaraptora
Clade: Oviraptorosauria
Genus: Calamospondylus
Fox, 1866
Species: C. oweni
Binomial name
Calamospondylus oweni
Fox, 1866

Calamospondylus (meaning "quill vertebrae") was a theropod dinosaur genus. It lived during the Early Cretaceous, and its fossils were found in England. The type species, Calamospondylus oweni, was described anonymously by amateur paleontologist William D. Fox in 1866,[1] but is based on fragmentary material. It has been part of a confusing taxonomic issue also involving Aristosuchus and Calamosaurus (which was also named "Calamospondylus", but then renamed).[2] It may have been a primitive oviraptorosaurian.[3]

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  1. ^ Anonymous (1866). "Another new Wealden reptile." The Athenaeum, 2014: 740.
  2. ^ Naish, D. (2002). "The historical taxonomy of the Lower Cretaceous theropods (Dinosauria) Calamospondylus and Aristosuchus from the Isle of Wight." Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 113: 153-163.
  3. ^ Holtz, Thomas R. Jr. (2011) Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages, Winter 2010 Appendix.
  • Naish, D. 2011. Theropod dinosaurs. In Batten, D. J. (ed.) English Wealden Fossils. The Palaeontological Association (London), pp. 526–559.