Dinosaur Compendium Maximus
|Binomial name(s):||Nigersaurus taqueti|
|Maximum known size:||30 feet 4 tons|
|Lived when:|| middle Cretaceous
period, about 115 to 105 Ma
sauropod subfamily Nigersaurinae of the family Rebbachisauridae,
|Discovered by:||French Philippe Taquet 1999|
First Found in 1976, but when more remaians were found in 1999, it was classified as its own species.
Meaning, Niger reptile, a genus of rebbachisaurid sauropod dinosaur that lived during the middle Cretaceous period, about 115 to 105 million years ago. It was discovered in the Elrhaz Formation in an area called Gadoufaoua, in the Republic of Niger. Nigersaurus was 9 metres 30 feet long, which is small for a sauropod, and had a short neck. It weighed around four tonnes, comparable to a modern elephant. Its skeleton was highly pneumatised -filled with air spaces connected to air sacs, but the limbs were robustly built. Its skull was very specialised for feeding, with large fenestrae and thin bones. It had a wide muzzle filled with more than 500 teeth, which were replaced at a rapid rate: around every 14 days.