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Re: ARCHOSAURIAN TURTLES?
<<Right you are. I stand corrected. I mixed up Hedges and Polling's
data with Rieppel's, but my point is still unchanged -- people before
Rieppel were placing turtles with anapsids mostly by default.
We all make mistakes, no big deal.
There were some earlier workers (Lakjer, Jaekel, Broom) who thought that
turtles were secondarily anapsid. Rieppel (1994) points out that turtles
have a quadratomaxillary ligament, "...which otherwise is known from only
those diapsids that have lost the lower temporal arch" (Rieppel, 1994;
300), something that Lakjer pointed out. Rieppel (1994) is a good primer
for those who want to learn more about turtles being diapsids.
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