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RE: A Jurassic 'beaver'



> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> David Marjanovic
> Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 11:10 AM
> To: DML
> Subject: Re: A Jurassic 'beaver'
>
>
> > the aquatic sphenodonts
>
> Not that it matters here, but several years ago *Monjurosuchus* (of which a
> specimen with scales is published in JVP) turned out to be a champsosaur
> instead.

Not to be pedantic, but _Monjurosuchus_ is a monjurosuchid choristodere, not a 
champsosaur (=  champsosaurid choristodere).

Monjurosuchids are the baby-caiman mimics, hyphalosaurids are the 
pachypleurosaur-wannabes, and neochoristoderes (champsosaurids and
simoedosaurids) are the gator- and gavial-like ones.

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
        Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Department of Geology           Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
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