A reassessment of Eunotosaurus africanus Seeley (Amniota: Parareptilia).

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1997
Authors
Gow, Chris E.
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Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research
Abstract
This paper provides an almost complete description of the Permian fossil reptile Eunotosaurus for the first time. Taphonomy indicates that these were terrestrial animals; dentition suggests that they preyed on small invertebrates; while the broad, imbricating ribs point to a slow moving animal with a protective, turtle-like carapace. Temporal emargination and the fan-like iliac blade serve to align these animals with Parareptilia, sensu Laurin and Reisz ( 1995). Eunorosaurusand millerettids are sister taxa on the basis of s tapes and rib morphology, and together they constitute the sister taxon to Ankyramopha (Debraga and Reisz 1996), having eight characters in which they are less derived than the latter.
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Eunotsaurus, parareptiles
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