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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

Grant number: 14/02805-9
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: May 04, 2014 - June 03, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Paleozoology
Principal Investigator:Hussam El Dine Zaher
Grantee:Hussam El Dine Zaher
Visiting researcher: Diego Pol
Visiting researcher institution: Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio (MEF), Argentina
Home Institution: Museu de Zoologia (MZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/50206-9 - Origin and evolution of snakes and their diversification in the Neotropics: a multidisciplinary approach, AP.BTA.TEM


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)