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Re: New titanosaur?
Here's the abstract:
Nature 412, 530 - 534 (2001) © Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
The last of the dinosaur titans: a new sauropod from Madagascar
KRISTINA CURRY ROGERS* AND CATHERINE A. FORSTER
Department of Anatomical Sciences, Health Sciences Center, State University
of New York, Stony Brook, New York 11794, USA
* Present address: Department of Paleontology, Science Museum of Minnesota,
120 W. Kellogg Boulevard, St Paul, Minnesota 55102, USA; and Macalester
College, Geology Department, St Paul, Minnesota 55105, USA.
Correspondence and requests for materials should be addressed to K.C.R.
The Titanosauria, the last surviving group of the giant sauropod dinosaurs,
attained a near-global distribution by the close of the Cretaceous period
(65 Myr ago). With the exception of a few new discoveries in Argentina, most
titanosaurs are known only from fragmentary postcranial skeletons and rare,
isolated skull elements. Here we describe the most complete titanosaur yet
discovered. _Rapetosaurus krausei_ gen. et sp. nov., from the Maevarano
Formation of Madagascar, provides a view of titanosaur anatomy from head to
tail. A total-evidence phylogenetic analysis supports a close relationship
between brachiosaurids and titanosaurs (Titanosauriformes). The inclusion of
cranial data from _Rapetosaurus_ also lays to rest questions concerning the
phylogeny of the enigmatic Mongolian genera _Nemegtosaurus_ and
_Quaesitosaurus_. In spite of their elongated, diplodocoid-like skulls, all
three taxa are now firmly nested within Titanosauria.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rob Gay" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 1:57 PM
Subject: New titanosaur?
> Hey, just a brief note:
> I saw an article saying that a crew from SUNY has a complete titanosaur
> Madagascar, and quoted someone on the team as saying, "now we know what a
> titanosaur looks like from head to tail." !!! Does anyone else have any
> info on this?
> Student of Geology
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