This skull and cervical series was restored under the direction of paleontologist Paul Sereno at the University of Chicago Fossil Lab. The incredibly delicate fossils were CT scanned and prototyped, and missing elements were sculpted to recreate the appearance of this most unusual of sauropods. These models helped make the species’ public debut as part of a scientific announcement at National Geographic headquarters in 2007.
Citation: Sereno PC, Wilson JA, Witmer LM, Whitlock JA, Maga A, et al. (2007) Structural Extremes in a Cretaceous Dinosaur. PLoS ONE 2(11): e1230. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001230
Nigersaurus mount at NGS unveiling.