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1 September 2010 The Cranial Morphology of a New Genus of Lungfish (Osteichthyes: Dipnoi) from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of North America
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Much of Mesozoic diversity within the lungfishes (Osteichthyes: Dipnoi) has traditionally been relegated to the genus Ceratodus, primarily on the basis of the highly stereotypical dental plates characteristic of post-Devonian lungfishes. The new genus Potamoceratodus contains the single species P. guentheri (Marsh, 1878), comb. nov. Newly discovered material allows clarification of the features of this species, including description of a complete skull roof and partial palate. The new genus can be differentiated from the European Ceratodus on the basis of characters of the skull roof, palate, and dentition, including lack of tubercular ornamentation of the skull roof, modest convexity of the dorsal skull roof, absence of sensory sulci anteriorly in the EF bone, and an enlarged and elongate anterior odontode series on the pterygoid dental plate. The North American Ceratodus record is reexamined in light of more complete material from the Temple Canyon localities of the Morrison Formation of Colorado, USA. Ceratodus is found to be an assemblage of forms with disparate cranial morphology. The succession of North American lungfish communities in the late Paleozoic and Mesozoic is most characteristic of serial replacement rather than in situ evolution, and it is possible that the isolation of North America subsequent to the breakup of Laurentia contributed to the regional extinction of lungfishes in North America.
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Jason D. Pardo, Adam K. Huttenlocker, Bryan J. Small and Mark A. Gorman "The Cranial Morphology of a New Genus of Lungfish (Osteichthyes: Dipnoi) from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of North America," Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30(5), (1 September 2010). https://doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2010.501430
Received: 15 November 2008; Accepted: 1 July 2009; Published: 1 September 2010
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