a plant-eating rebbachisaurid sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Niger.
Author/s: Sereno et al
(Taquet's Niger Lizard)
is derived from "Niger" (the country in which it was orignally discovered) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet
, honors French paleontologist Philippe Taquet who discovered and described the Elrhaz Formation at Gadoufaoua in 1976.
The first fossils of Nigersaurus
were discovered in the Elrhaz Formation, Gadoufaoua, Ténéré Desert, in the Niger Republic by French paleontologists in the 1950s.
is MNN GAD517.
• 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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