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 11 years ago '06        #1
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Nov 16 - Nigersaurus Unveiled w/pics
 

 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Perhaps it was one of those eureka moments, when the scientists realized they had discovered a new dinosaur with mouth parts designed to vacuum up food.

Discoverer Paul Sereno named the elephant-sized animal Nigersaurus taqueti, an acknowledgment of the African country Niger and a French paleontologist, Philippe Taquet.

Sereno, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and paleontologist at the University of Chicago, said the first evidence of Nigersaurus was found in the 1990s and now researchers have been able to reconstruct its skull and skeleton.

While Nigersaurus' mouth is shaped like the wide intake slot of a vacuum, it has something lacking in most cleaners -- hundreds of tiny, sharp teeth to grind up its food.

The 30-foot-long Nigersaurus had a feather-light skull held close to the ground to graze like an ancient cow. Sereno described it as a younger cousin of the North American dinosaur Diplodicus.

Its broad muzzle contained more than 50 columns of teeth lined up tightly along the front edge of its jaw. Behind each tooth more were lined up as replacements when one broke off.

Nigersaurus also had a backbone consisting of more air than bone.

"The vertebrae are so paper-thin that it is difficult to imagine them coping with the stresses of everyday use -- but we know they did it, and they did it well," Jeffrey Wilson, a.ssistant professor at the University of Michigan and an expedition team member, said in a statement.

The dinosaur's anatomy and lifestyle were to be detailed in the November 21 issue of journal PLoS ONE, the online journal from the Public Library of Science, and in the December of National Geographic magazine.

The first bones of Nigersaurus were picked up in the 1950s by French paleontologists, but the species was not named at that time. Sereno and his team honored this early work by naming the species after Taquet.

The research was partly funded by National Geographic.


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 11 years ago '07        #2
infamxus 12 heat pts12
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lol, n*gger-saurus
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Sheeed 1 heat pts
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this dinosuars must run and jump faster then all the others
 11 years ago '04        #4
ruff 6 heat pts
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hahahahahahaahahahahaha
 11-16-2007, 01:52 PM         #5
Silver N Black 
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 11 years ago '04        #6
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LMFAO..... I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO ALMOST SWORE THIS sh*t SAID zzzzzzSAURUS. LOL
 11 years ago '06        #7
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 Sheeed said:
this dinosuars must run and jump faster then all the others
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lol wtf
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Storchaveli 96 heat pts96
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 ThyInfamousOne said:
lol, n*gger-saurus
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Storchaveli 96 heat pts96
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 Sheeed said:
this dinosuars must run and jump faster then all the others
LMFAO


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 11-16-2007, 02:31 PM         #11
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 Sheeed said:
this dinosuars must run and jump faster then all the others
 11 years ago '05        #12
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Thought that shyt was a joke n said N*ggasaurus.

My bad.
 11-16-2007, 02:37 PM         #13
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 Sheeed said:
this dinosuars must run and jump faster then all the others
SMH You fool lol
 11-16-2007, 02:39 PM         #14
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am i the only one who connected the n*ggasaurus part with the fact that it had "mouth parts to vacuum up food" a la big lips..

these motherfu*kers is playing a joke on us man wtf
 11-16-2007, 02:46 PM         #15
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let me guess he's black and he's lazy
that would really fit into societies stereotypes
 11 years ago '04        #16
eMJay 
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yo i heard the nigersaurus was the REAL reason they closed down Jewrassic Park
hilarious ahahha
 11 years ago '04        #17
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 joey 05 said:
it also wants reperations for being k!lled off
LMAO wow
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 Sheeed said:
this dinosuars must run and jump faster then all the others


Last edited by Funeral James; 11-16-2007 at 03:15 PM..
 11 years ago '05        #19
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 skittlez86 said:
let me guess he's black and he's lazy
that would really fit into societies stereotypes
Probably a scavenger dinosaur, too lazy to actually hunt his prey..... "nigersaurus"--sounds like a joke or something
 11 years ago '98        #20
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hahah @ the responses in this thread. This one will go into the classics I think

The dinosaur's anatomy and lifestyle were to be detailed in the November 21 issue of journal PLoS ONE, the online journal from the Public Library of Science, and in the December of National Geographic magazine.
^ that'll need a thread all its own and will also go to the classics
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