genus of sauropod dinosaur

Cetiosaurus is a sauropod dinosaur whose remains were found in Oxfordshire. It was a herbivore.[1][2]

Temporal range: Middle Jurassic, 167 Ma
Cetiosaurus mount.jpg
Mounted skeleton, New Walk Museum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Clade: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Clade: Sauropoda
Family: Cetiosauridae
Subfamily: Cetiosaurinae
Lydekker, 1888
Genus: Cetiosaurus
Owen, 1841
C. oxoniensis
Binomial name
Cetiosaurus oxoniensis
Phillips, 1871

Cetiosaurus was discovered in 1842. It was the first sauropod from which bones were described, and is the most complete sauropod found in England.[3] The dinosaur was about 16 metres (52 ft) long and to have weighed roughly 11 tonnes (12 short tons). It is now known as Cetiosaurus oxoniensis.


  1. "Cetiosauriscus - Natural History Museum". www.nhm.ac.uk.
  2. von Huene F. 1927. Sichtung der Grundlagen der jetzigen Kenntnis der Sauropoden [Sorting through the basis of the current knowledge of sauropods] (PDF). Eclogae Geologica Helveticae (in German). 20: 444–470.
  3. Charig A.J. 1980. A diplodocid sauropod from the Lower Cretaceous of England. In Jacobs, L.L. Aspects of Vertebrate History: Essays in Honor of Edwin Harris Colbert. Museum of Northern Arizona Press. pp. 231–244. ISBN 978-0-897-34053-3.