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New Spanish PhD on dinosaurs: Galvesaurus herreroi

The past week (February, 27) José Luis BARCO successfully defended, in the Faculty of Geology of the Zaragoza University, their PhD thesis entitled:

?Sistemática e implicaciones filogenéticas y paleobiogeográficas del saurópodo Galvesaurus herreroi (Formación Villar del Arzobispo, Galve, España)? ["Systematic and phylogenetic implications of the sauropod Galvesaurus herreroi (Villar del Arzobispo Formation, Galve, Spain)"].


Congratulations to the new (and big, 201 cm in height) Doctor!!!

According to Dr. Barco, Galvesaurus is not a cetiosaurid nor a turiasaur, but a basal macronarian related with Phuwiangosaurus, Aragosaurus, Tastavinsaurus, Cedarosauus and Venenosaurus. This 6 genera form a monophyletic group (unnamed) which is the sister group to Titanosauriformes.

Several of the Dr. Barco's papers on Galvesaurus are listed (and downloadable in pdf) at:

The PhD thesis of Dr. Barco is the eighth in Spain, after those of MORATALLA (1993), SANTOS (2003), PEREZ-MORENO (2004), COMPANY (2005), ROYO-TORRES (2006), RUIZ-OMEÑACA (2006) and TORICES (2007). The titles of their respective thesis (only in Spanish, sorry) are at:

Jose Ignacio Ruiz-Omeñaca
Museo del Jurásico de Asturias (MUJA)
E-33328 Colunga, Spain