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NIGERSAURUS

a plant-eating rebbachisaurid sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Niger.
nigersaurus
Pronunciation: NI-juhr-SOR-us
Meaning: Niger lizard
Author/s: Sereno et al. (1999)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Gadoufaoua, Niger
Chart Position: 376

Nigersaurus taqueti

(Taquet's Niger Lizard) Etymology
Nigersaurus is derived from "Niger" (the country in which it was orignally discovered) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet, taqueti, honors French paleontologist Philippe Taquet who discovered and described the Elrhaz Formation at Gadoufaoua in 1976.
Discovery
The first fossils of Nigersaurus were discovered in the Elrhaz Formation, Gadoufaoua, Ténéré Desert, in the Niger Republic by French paleontologists in the 1950s.
The holotype is MNN GAD517.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Aptian-Albian
Age range: 118-110 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 9 meters
Est. max. hip height: 2.5 meters
Est. max. weight: 2.5 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Sereno, P.C, Beck, A.L, Dutheil, D.B, Larsson, H.C.E, Lyon, G.H, Moussa, B, Sadleir, R.W, Sidor, C.A, Varricchio, D.J, Wilson, G.P, and Wilson, J.A (1999) "Cretaceous Sauropods from the Sahara and the Uneven Rate of Skeletal Evolution Among Dinosaurs".
• Taquet, P. (1976) "Géologie et paléontologie du gisement de Gadoufaoua. (Aptien du Niger)".
• Wilson, J. A. and Sereno, P. C. (2005) "Structure and Evolution of a Sauropod Tooth Battery" in Curry-Rogers and Wilson "The Sauropods: Evolution and Paleobiology".
• Sereno P.C, Wilson J.A, Witmer L.M, Whitlock J.A, Maga A, et al. (2007) "Structural Extremes in a Cretaceous Dinosaur".
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