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In quest for a phylogeny of Mesozoic mammals

  title={In quest for a phylogeny of Mesozoic mammals},
  author={Z. Luo and Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska and R. Cifelli},
  journal={Acta Palaeontologica Polonica},
  • Z. Luo, Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska, R. Cifelli
  • Published 2002
  • Biology
  • Acta Palaeontologica Polonica
  • We propose a phylogeny of all major groups of Mesozoic mammals based on phylogenetic analyses of 46 taxa and 275 osteological and dental characters, using parsimony methods (Swofford 2000). Mammalia sensu lato (Mammaliaformes of some authors) are monophyletic. Within mammals, Sinoconodon is the most primitive taxon. Sinoconodon, morganu− codontids, docodonts, and Hadrocodium lie outside the mammalian crown group (crown therians + Monotremata) and are, successively, more closely related to the… CONTINUE READING
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