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Nigersaurus taqueti: Saharan sauropod II



The OTHER new sauropod from the Sereno et al. North Africa expeditions has
been announced as:
_Nigersaurus taqueti_ (Taquet's reptile of Niger).  This is the sauropod
trying to be a cerapod: it has enamel on only one side of the teeth, it has
what is practially a dental battery (in a row on the front of the face), and
is generally weird.

>From Wilson's presentation at SVP, _Nigersaurus_ is a rebbachisaurid;
Rebbachisauridae is a diplodocoid group outside of Diplodocidae +
Dicraeosauridae.

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                Vertebrate Paleontologist
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