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Research Article

Cranial Remain from Tunisia Provides New Clues for the Origin and Evolution of Sirenia (Mammalia, Afrotheria) in Africa

  • Julien Benoit mail,

    Julien.benoit@univ-montp2.fr

    Affiliation: Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, Université Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France

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  • Sylvain Adnet,

    Affiliation: Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, Université Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France

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  • Essid El Mabrouk,

    Affiliation: Office National des Mines, Tunis, Tunisia

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  • Hayet Khayati,

    Affiliation: Office National des Mines, Tunis, Tunisia

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  • Mustapha Ben Haj Ali,

    Affiliation: Office National des Mines, Tunis, Tunisia

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  • Laurent Marivaux,

    Affiliation: Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, Université Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France

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  • Gilles Merzeraud,

    Affiliation: Géosciences Montpellier, Université de Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France

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  • Samuel Merigeaud,

    Affiliation: Service d'Imagerie Médicale de l’Hôpital Lapeyronie, CHU de Montpellier, Montpellier, France

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  • Monique Vianey-Liaud,

    Affiliation: Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, Université Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France

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  • Rodolphe Tabuce

    Affiliation: Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, Université Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France

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  • Published: January 16, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054307
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Julien Benoit, Sylvain Adnet, Laurent Marivaux, Monique Vianey-Liaud, Rodolphe Tabuce
Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, Université Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France
Essid El Mabrouk, Hayet Khayati, Mustapha Ben Haj Ali
Office National des Mines, Tunis, Tunisia
Gilles Merzeraud
Géosciences Montpellier, Université de Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France
Samuel Merigeaud
Service d'Imagerie Médicale de l’Hôpital Lapeyronie, CHU de Montpellier, Montpellier, France

Corresponding Author

Email: Julien.benoit@univ-montp2.fr

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JB SA LM GM SM MVL RT. Performed the experiments: JB. Analyzed the data: JB GM SA RT. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: LM GM EME KH MBHA SM MVL RT. Wrote the paper: JB GM SA LM.