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1 January 2011 New Information on Wumengosaurus delicatomandibularis Jiang et al., 2008 (Diapsida: Sauropterygia), with a Revision of the Osteology and Phylogeny of the Taxon
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Wumengosaurus delicatomandibularis Jiang et al., 2008, is restudied on the basis of three new specimens. Many elements of the skeleton that were either briefly or not described at all in the original study are detailed. With the additional information derived from the new specimens, we have revised the diagnosis of W. delicatomandibularis. A phylogenetic analysis further demonstrates that the Pachypleurosauria is not a monophyletic group and questions that W. delicatomandibularis is closely related to the Pachypleurosauria. W. delicatomandibularis might represent the basal-most member of a monophyletic clade that includes the Nothosauroidea and those taxa assigned to the ‘Pachypleurosauria.’ The five known specimens show morphological variation in W. delicatomandibularis, as in Keichousaurus and in pachypleurosaurs such as Neusticosaurus and Serpianosaurus.
Xiao-Chun Wu, Yen-Nien Cheng, Chun Li, Li-Jun Zhao and Tamaki Sato "New Information on Wumengosaurus delicatomandibularis Jiang et al., 2008 (Diapsida: Sauropterygia), with a Revision of the Osteology and Phylogeny of the Taxon," Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(1), (1 January 2011). https://doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2011.546724
Received: 8 February 2010; Accepted: 1 September 2010; Published: 1 January 2011
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