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Re: JVP 25(3)
> This paper presents new material of the Daohugou, Ningcheng salamander,
> *Jeholotriton paradoxus* [...] The palate is extensive and
> the maxilla tiny and underformed for it's size and skeletal development,
Sounds like it's typical for neotenic salamanders.
> the likely prokinetic skull articulations (my opinion on the kinesis).
Skull kinesis in a salamander? I guess the skull is simply so poorly
ossified that many fontanelles are wide open and some bones missing
altogether (is there a quadrate?).
> The impressions show that this salamander really is cute. The authors
> also refer it to crown Urodela within Caudata, but no other clade is
> specified (or "family") to contain it.
So they don't even put it in Cryptobranchoidea?
> the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation
Assuming that that one is Middle Jurassic. It may not be.
S. E. Evans, C. Lally, D. C. Chure, A. Elder & J. A. Maisano: A Late
Jurassic salamander (Amphibia: Caudata) from the Morrison Formation of
North America, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 143, 599 -- 616
says (p. 614):
"However, there are again concerns with respect to the age of the
Jiulongshan Formation (Zhonghe Zhou & Yuan Wang, pers. comm. to Evans,
September 2003), and the beds may be considerably younger than Middle
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