from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to the scapula and coracoid bones of the shoulder.
- n. A fusion of the scapula and coracoid bones found in lower vertebrates.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as coracoscapular.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
In Sauripterus and other standard fishes, the scapulocoracoid is a relatively small element that fuses to the inside face of the cleithrum =”shoulder blade”.
Because the identity of the scapulocoracoid in the image with Graeme is relevant to the adjacent text, I'll change it.
Below, at left, you can see dead fish expert Graeme Elliott standing alongside the Ultrasauros scapulocoracoid (go here for hilarious caption, sorry Graeme).
Some of the pictures towards the end of the section are from the end of the 2008 field season as we removed a sauropod vertebra actually we removed two but we only have photos of one of the efforts and prepare to remove a sauropod scapulocoracoid.
Tiktaalik presents an intermediate condition where the dermal shoulder blad extends over more of the lateral face of the scapulocoracoid.
If we start from the shoulder, T. and tetrapods have a large, plate-like scapulocoracoid that forms much of the ventral margin of the shoulder girdle.
Jim Jensen with Supersaurus scapulocoracoid Jensen 1985.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about Ultrasauros (originally informally named Ultrasaurus: note the spelling difference), it’s no longer regarded as a valid taxon: the type material - a dorsal vertebra - was shown by Brian Curtice and colleagues (Curtice et al. 1996) to belong to Supersaurus (come back Brian, all is forgiven!) while the famous Ultrasauros scapulocoracoid seems to belong to Brachiosaurus.
The most oft-figured bit of Supersaurus is its immense scapulocoracoid: it’s usually depicted with the late Jim Jensen, its discoverer and describer, lying alongside it.