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Research Article

A New Basal Sauropod Dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of Niger and the Early Evolution of Sauropoda

  • Kristian Remes mail,

    kristian.remes@uni-bonn.de

    Affiliation: Paleontology, Steinmann Institute for Geology, Mineralogy and Paleontology, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

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  • Francisco Ortega,

    Affiliation: Departamento de Física Matemática y de Fluidos, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Madrid, Spain

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  • Ignacio Fierro,

    Affiliation: Museo Paleontológico de Elche (MUPE), Elche, Spain

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  • Ulrich Joger,

    Affiliation: Staatliches Naturhistorisches Museum Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

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  • Ralf Kosma,

    Affiliation: Staatliches Naturhistorisches Museum Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

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  • José Manuel Marín Ferrer,

    Affiliation: Museo Paleontológico de Elche (MUPE), Elche, Spain

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  • for the Project PALDES,
  • for the Niger Project SNHM,
  • Oumarou Amadou Ide,

    Affiliation: Université Abdou Moumouni, Institut pour Recherche et Science Humaine (IRSH), Niamey, Niger

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  • Abdoulaye Maga

    Affiliation: Université Abdou Moumouni, Institut pour Recherche et Science Humaine (IRSH), Niamey, Niger

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  • Published: September 16, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0006924
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Kristian Remes
Paleontology, Steinmann Institute for Geology, Mineralogy and Paleontology, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Francisco Ortega
Departamento de Física Matemática y de Fluidos, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Madrid, Spain
Ignacio Fierro, José Manuel Marín Ferrer
Museo Paleontológico de Elche (MUPE), Elche, Spain
Ulrich Joger, Ralf Kosma
Staatliches Naturhistorisches Museum Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
Oumarou Amadou Ide, Abdoulaye Maga
Université Abdou Moumouni, Institut pour Recherche et Science Humaine (IRSH), Niamey, Niger

Corresponding Author

Email: kristian.remes@uni-bonn.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: FO RK JMMF OI AM. Performed the experiments: FO IF UJ RK JMMF OI AM. Analyzed the data: KR FO IF UJ. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: KR. Wrote the paper: KR. Organized the excavation project and participated in the excavations: Project PALDES Niger Project SNHM.