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European origin of placodont marine reptiles and the evolution of crushing dentition in Placodontia.
Sauropterygia was the most successful marine reptile radiation in history, spanning almost the entire Mesozoic and exploiting a wide range of habitats and ecological niches. Here we report a new,Expand
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Evolution of the Sauropterygian Labyrinth with Increasingly Pelagic Lifestyles
Sauropterygia, a successful clade of marine reptiles abundant in aquatic ecosystems of the Mesozoic, inhabited nearshore to pelagic habitats over >180 million years of evolutionary history [1].Expand
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Unique method of tooth replacement in durophagous placodont marine reptiles, with new data on the dentition of Chinese taxa
The placodonts of the Triassic period (~252–201 mya) represent one of the earliest and most extreme specialisations to a durophagous diet of any known reptile group. Exceptionally enlarged crushingExpand
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Long bone histology and microanatomy of Placodontia (Diapsida: Sauropterygia)
Placodontia, an enigmatic group of durophagous and in part heavily armoured animals, were members of Sauropterygia, the most diverse and successful group of Mesozoic marine reptiles. Microanatomy andExpand
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The cranial anatomy of Chinese placodonts and the phylogeny of Placodontia (Diapsida: Sauropterygia)
Placodonts are Triassic marine reptiles that inhabited the eastern and western margins of the Tethys Ocean (modern South China and Europe/Middle East). Although the crania of European taxa areExpand
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Basal reptilians, marine diapsids, and turtles: the flowering of reptile diversity
Reptiles form the most diverse clade of living land vertebrates. They include lizards, snakes, crocodiles, birds, and turtles, as well as many fossil groups. In this chapter we revise the oticExpand
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The Braincase and Inner Ear of Placodus gigas (Sauropterygia, Placodontia)—A New Reconstruction Based on Micro-Computed Tomographic Data
ABSTRACT Placodus gigas is an unarmored placodont marine reptile (Diapsida, Sauropterygia) known from the Middle Triassic of Europe, most commonly found in the shallow marine carbonate facies ofExpand
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Revised paleoecology of placodonts – with a comment on ‘The shallow marine placodont Cyamodus of the central European Germanic Basin: its evolution, paleobiogeography and paleoecology’ by C.G.
A recent article published by Diedrich (2011a, Hist Biol. iFirst online, 1–19, doi: 10.1080/08912963.2011.575938) aspired to provide a complete revision of the known material of the placodont genusExpand
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Bony labyrinth morphology clarifies the origin and evolution of deer
Deer are an iconic group of large mammals that originated in the Early Miocene of Eurasia (ca. 19 Ma). While there is some consensus on key relationships among their members, on the basis ofExpand
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A new, exceptionally preserved juvenile specimen of Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi (Diapsida) and implications for Mesozoic marine diapsid phylogeny
Recently it was suggested that the phylogenetic clustering of Mesozoic marine reptile lineages, such as thalattosaurs, the very successful fish-shaped ichthyosaurs and sauropterygians (includingExpand
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