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RE: Rhynchocephalia

> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> David Peters
> If Rhynchosaurs are not related to Sphenodontia, from whence did they
> come?
> My cladogram tells me already, but I wanted to hear what others are
> bettting on.

John Merck's massively detailed, but still unpublished, phylogenetic analysis 
places them in Archosauromorpha as the sister taxon to
Choristodera. This was publically shown at SVP a couple of years ago, so there 
is no harm in mentioning that.

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