A redescription of Orovenator mayorum (Sauropsida, Diapsida) using high‐resolution μCT, and the consequences for early amniote phylogeny

  title={A redescription of Orovenator mayorum (Sauropsida, Diapsida) using high‐resolution $\mu$CT, and the consequences for early amniote phylogeny},
  author={David P. Ford and Roger B. J. Benson},
  journal={Papers in Palaeontology},
The earliest known neodiapsid Orovenator mayorum from the lower Permian of Oklahoma is redescribed using high‐resolution μCT, revealing remarkable details of the skull anatomy. Our findings are relevant to both palaeoecology (suggesting burrowing and nocturnality) and phylogeny. Orovenator and other sauropsids share at least 16 character states with varanopids, many of which were not recognized by previous studies. These include a rounded subnarial shelf of the premaxilla, a posterodorsal… 

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