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Re: Will the real Tanystropheus please stand up?!
> I've heard recent talk here about that long-necked fish-eater
> Tanystropheus, and I wondered if anyone could tell me that
> creature's true identity. I have in the past seen it classified
> as a true lizard, an eosuchian, a primitive Euryapsid, and most
> recently as an "archosauromorph", a group of "uncles" to the
> archosaus that seems to consist solely of Tanystropheus and the
> rhyncosaurs (which I had always heard before were related to the
It is certainly NOT a true lizard. Beyond that, it has been
difficult to place properly. I think it is now considered
an archosauromorph, as you say.
The rhynchosaurs are a seperate group from the rhynchocephalians
(the order containing the tuatara), and are indeed archosauromorphs.
[They are also *very* strange animals indeed].
The peace of God be with you.