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Finally received a copy of the initial (but all too brief) description of the
Gadoufaoua iguanodontid Lurdusaurus arenatus:
Taquet, P. & Russell, D. A., 1999. "A massively-constructed iguanodont from
Gadoufaoua, Lower Cretaceous of Niger," Annales du Paleontologie 85(1): 85-96.
Abstract: A ponderously constructed ornithischian dinosaur, Lurdusaurus
arenatus, nov. g., nov. sp., from the Aptian of Niger resembles extinct giant
ground sloths in general body form. Details of its skeletal anatomy indicate
a close affinity to European iguanodontids of Early Cretaceous age.
Origin of name: lurdus, Latin for "heavy, both in weight and significance"
arenatus, Latin for "sandy"
Type specimen: MNHN GDF 1700, nearly complete skeleton (but much of skull is
Formerly known as Gravisaurus tenerensis; contemporary of Ouranosaurus.