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Reply to: Reevaluating bipedalism in Danuvius

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Fig. 1: Transitional vertebra of Danuvius guggenmosi.

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Acknowledgements

We are indebted to V. Simeonovski for artistic reconstruction of the gait of Danuvius. We thank Williams et al. for their Comment on our original Article, and invite them to study the original Danuvius sample at any time.

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M.B., N.S., J.M.D. and D.R.B. performed and contributed to interpretation of analyses, and wrote the manuscript. The present author list includes only those authors of the original paper who have contributed substantially to the writing of this Reply, along with J.M.D. who joined as author after studying the original materials.

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Böhme, M., Spassov, N., DeSilva, J.M. et al. Reply to: Reevaluating bipedalism in Danuvius. Nature 586, E4–E5 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2737-3

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