[D] Elaphrosaurus bambergi [Su] [sG] [T]
Jurassic Late Kimmeridgian
Saurischia Theropoda Incertae Sedis
Tendaguru Beds, Mtwara, Tanzania
Genus - Typespecies - Skull
Fragmentary postcranium. Elaphrosaurus includes but one Jurassic species, E.bambergi from the Tendaguru beds of East Africa, although additional material ( an isolated humerus) referred to as E.sp has been discribed by Galton, 1982 from the Morrison Formation of North America. Chure (2001), reported on DMNH 36284, a proximal end of a right tibia, collected is 1992 by Bryan Small and crews from the Kimmeridgian aged \\\\\\\"Small Stegosaurus Quarry\\\\\\\" in the Brushy Basin Member of the Morisson Formation, found in the matrix beneeth a Stegosaurus skeleton this speciem was referred to Elaphrosaurus in faunal lists by Carpenter (1998) and Turner and Peterson (1999).
According to Chure this specimen confirms the earlier Morrison record (Galton, 1982) of this dinosaur. Chure stated that identification of the species Elaphrosaurus pends on the discovery of additional remains, and \\\\\\\"there is nothing at present to suggest that the taxon is specially distinct from E. bambergi.
First given a systematic position whitin the Ornithomimosauria now a days Elaphrosaurus is not considered an ornithomimosaur by most paleontologists. Instead, it is regarded as a ceratosaur close to Ceratosaurus and the abelisaurids , or perhaps its a noasaurid