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Tulerpeton becomes the last common ancestor of all Reptilia (=Amniota)

Yesterday we looked at the nesting of Tulerpeton (Lebedev 1984; Latest Devonian; PIN 2921/7) as a basal reptile, rather than a basal tetrapod, which is the traditional nesting. 498 more words

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Devonian fish heads

In a quest for understanding
the origins of everything reptilian, today we’ll take a look at the skulls of three Devonian fish with skull bones homologous with those of reptiles. 811 more words

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Acherontiscus at the base of the caecilian clade

Acherontiscus caledoniae (Carroll 1969; Namurian, Carboniferous; 1967/12/1 Royal Scottish Museum; Fig. 1) is a tiny slender aquatic amphibian with vestigial limbs and a large pectoral girdle. 181 more words

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Odd Gerrothorax nests with Greererpeton

Gerrothorax pulcherrimus (Nilsson 1934, Jenkins et al. 2008; Late Triassic) was and is considered a plagiosaurine temnospondyl. Here it nests with Greererpeton with which it shares a lack of a supratemporal-tabular rim, the straight lateral ribs and other traits. 456 more words

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Did Acanthostega lose an intertemporal?

Or was it overlooked?
(See Fig. 1, blinks organge/green above the orbit.)

Ancestral osteolepiformes
like Osteolepis have an intertemporal. So do many (but not all) basal tetrapods. 323 more words

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Eocaecilia and Brachydectes: old mistakes and new insights

Updated February 9, 13 and 17, 2017 with more taxa added to the LRT and revisions to the skull bone identification.

Earlier we looked at the long-bodied… 747 more words

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Pederpes gets the DGS treatment

The first known basal tetrapod with a five-toed pes is
Pederpes finneyae (Clack 2002; Tournasian, early Carboniferous, 348mya; 1m in est. length) and it is known from a fairly… 127 more words

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