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Anatomy and phylogenetic relationships of a new theropod dinosaur from the early Cretaceous of Brazil and the diversification of abelisaurid dinosaurs in the early Cretaceous of Gondwana


Dr. Pol will conduct the present project in association with the Projeto Temático BIOTA/FAPESP coordinated by myself (FAPESP 2011/50206-9) for the period of 01/12/2011 to 30/11/2016. Pol's project has two main objectives that will be conducted in collaboration with the Dr. H. Zaher and his students: 1) anatomical study and description of a new carnivorous dinosaur (Abelisauridae, Theropoda) from the Early Cretaceous Sanfranciscana Basin; 2) phylogenetic study of the new taxon within the context of ceratosaurian dinosaurs. These objectives will be accomplished during the stay of Dr. Pol in the USP for one month. This timeframe is enough given the material is fully prepared and Dr. Pol has recently published a comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of Ceratosauria which provides the comparative framework that will be used to analyze the relationships of the new dinosaur taxon. (AU)

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ZAHER, HUSSAM; POL, DIEGO; NAVARRO, BRUNO A.; DELCOURT, RAFAEL; CARVALHO, ALBERTO B.. An Early Cretaceous theropod dinosaur from Brazil sheds light on the cranial evolution of the Abelisauridae. COMPTES RENDUS PALEVOL, v. 19, n. 6, p. 101-115, . (11/50206-9, 14/02805-9, 02/13602-4)

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