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meet Tapuisaurus macedoi, a new titanosaur from Brazil
Tapuisaurus macedoi is the 17th Brazilian dinosaur species described, the 9th
titanosaur and a very special
indeed, because of it complete wonderfull skull - the first titanosaur skull
found in Brazil!
I just talked by phone with paleontologist Alberto Carvalho, of the Museu de
Zoologia, Universidade de Sao Paulo
(US), and co-author of the paper on Tapuiasaurus macedoi, 120 Ma.
Since 2005 the researchers found at least 4 specimens in a small town named
Coracao de Jesus (Jesus heart), right
at the center of Minas Gerais State, SE Brazil.
The story leaked today at the daily newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo.
Because of the leak, Dr. Carvalho refused to tell me the journal the paper was
submited to - since it still is
being reviewed for publication.
But after some investigation I learned it is PLoS One.
Carvalho told me the Museum will organize a press conference on October, 4th,
about the new species, with the
opening of an exibition of the specimen and a natural reconstruction of it.
The principal investigator is Prof. Hussam Zaher, the directo of the Zoology
Museum-USP. He is in the US right now
and I could not talk with him.
Peter Moon, Ph.D.