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RE: synapsids (was RE: pdf request)



> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Brad McFeeters
> Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:50 AM
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: synapsids (was RE: pdf request)
> 
> 
> If a synapsid condition really is primitive for amniotes, is 
> there any chance that some animals presently classified as 
> basal synapsids are actually closer to sauropsids, or basal 
> to the sauropsid-synapsid split? 
> 
Extremely unlikely for the "classic" synapsids. Despite the fact the clade's 
name comes from a single character state, it is
supported by a number of derived characters from various parts of the skeleton.

That said, it has been occasionally suggested that Diadectes is a basal 
synapsid, although the majority of studies place it outside
crown-group amniotes.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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