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A giant dinosaur from the earliest Jurassic of South Africa and the transition to quadrupedality in early sauropodomorphs

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Sauropod dinosaurs were dominant, bulk-browsing herbivores for 130 million years of the Mesozoic, attaining gigantic body masses in excess of 60 metric tons [1, 2]. A columnar-limbed, quadrupedal posture enabled these giant body sizes [3], but the nature of the transition from bipedal sauropodomorph ancestors to derived quadrupeds remains contentious [4, 5, 6]. We describe a gigantic, new sauropodomorph from the earliest Jurassic of South Africa weighing 12 metric tons and representing a phyl...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1016/j.cub.2018.07.063

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Earth Sciences
Oxford college:
St Edmund Hall
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ORCID:
0000-0001-8244-6177
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Current Biology Journal website
Volume:
28
Issue:
19
Pages:
3143-3151.e7
Publication date:
2018-09-27
Acceptance date:
2018-07-25
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EISSN:
1879-0445
ISSN:
0960-9822
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891233
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pubs:891233
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uuid:70de4052-c736-4737-a4d7-6ef8ab2b21b0
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pubs:891233
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2018-07-26

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