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An ancestral turtle from the Late Triassic of southwestern China
A new 220-million-year-old turtle from China is described that documents an intermediate step in the evolution of the shell and associated structures and shows that the turtle shell is not derived from a fusion of osteoderms.
A sail-backed suchian from the Heshanggou Formation (Early Triassic: Olenekian) of China
  • S. Nesbitt, Jun Liu, Chun Li
  • Geography, Environmental Science
    Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of…
  • 1 September 2010
ABSTRACT The two major lineages of extant archosaurs, crocodylians and avians, diverged in the Triassic, but the details and timing of this event are incompletely understood. Fragmentary and
An unusual archosaurian from the marine Triassic of China
A new Triassic archosaurian from China shows a number of aquatic specializations, of which the most striking is the extreme lateral compression of the long tail, which represents a previously unknown ecomorph within primitive Archosaurians.
A new species of Macrocnemus (Reptilia: Protorosauria) from the Middle Triassic of southwestern China and its palaeogeographical implication
The existence of Mac-rocnemus in the limestone suggests the presence of a terrestrial ecosystem which probably originated from the Anisian and well developed in the Ladinian in this region.
Ichthyosaur from Guizhou, China
  • Chun Li
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • 1 July 1999
A new ichthyosaur is named and described on the basis of two well-preserved skeletons from the Late Triassic Wayao Member of Falang Formation, Guizhou Province, southwestern China. The specimens
Osteology of Yunguisaurus Cheng et al., 2006 (Reptilia; Sauropterygia), a Triassic Pistosauroid from China
Detailed comparison revealed morphological differences in various parts of the postcranial, suggesting that Yunguisaurus was not necessarily comparable to the Plesiosauria in terms of body plan and mode of swimming.
The early Cretaceous lizard genus Yabeinosaurus from China: Resolving an enigma
Phylogenetic analysis highlights some of the difficulties involved in determining the systematic positions of early squamate taxa and suggests a position close to the iguanian‐scleroglossan dichotomy (just above or just below) in Yabeinosaurus.
A new cyamodontoid placodont from Triassic of Guizhou, China
The skull of Psephochelys shows a unique combination of characteristics observed in Psephoderma and Placochelys, and the carapace is diagnostic of a new taxon as well and is in part difficult to analyze due to apparent co-ossification of elements, or poor delimitation of sutures.
Triassic pistosauroids (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) are the closest relatives of the Plesiosauria, a group that achieved considerable taxonomic diversity and cosmopolitan distribution during the
A Short-Snouted, Middle Triassic Phytosaur and its Implications for the Morphological Evolution and Biogeography of Phytosauria
The exquisitely preserved, nearly complete skeleton of Diandongosuchus fuyuanensis from the Middle Triassic of China is recognized as the oldest and basalmost phytosaur, indicating that the characteristic elongated rostrum of phytosaurs appeared subsequent to cranial and postcranial modifications associated with enhanced prey capture, predating that general trend of morphological evolution observed within Crocodyliformes.