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Philippe Taquet

Philippe Taquet (b. April 25, 1940 Saint-Quentin, Aisne) is a French paleontologist who specializes in dinosaur systematics of finds primarily in northern Africa.[1]

He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences since November 30, 2004,[1] president since 2012. He has studied and described a number of new dinosaur species from Africa, especially from the Aptian site of Gadoufaoua in Niger (such as Ouranosaurus).[2] He also researches the Lower Cretaceous stratigraphic relationship between western Africa and Brazil by reconstructing the paleobiology from fossil floras and faunas.[1] He was president of the French National Museum of Natural History from 1985 to 1990.[1]

He received the Sue Tyler Friedman Medal in 2009 for work in the history of geology.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Institut de France Académie des sciences membres Phillipe Taquet bio". Archived from the original on 2005-10-15. Retrieved 01-06-09. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ Philippe Taquet. Dinosaur Impressions: Postcards from a Paleontologist. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-77930-2.
  3. ^ Geological Society of London. "Award winners since 1931: Sue Tyler Friedman Medal". Retrieved 2013-11-24.