New Studies of Enamel Microstructure in Mesozoic Mammals: A Review of Enamel Prisms as a Mammalian Synapomorphy

@article{Wood2004NewSO,
  title={New Studies of Enamel Microstructure in Mesozoic Mammals: A Review of Enamel Prisms as a Mammalian Synapomorphy},
  author={Craig B. Wood and Elizabeth Rachel Dumont and Alfred Walter Crompton},
  journal={Journal of Mammalian Evolution},
  year={2004},
  volume={6},
  pages={177-213}
}
Characters from enamel microstructure have not been used in recent phylogenetic analyses of Mesozoic Mammalia. Reasons are that enamel characters have been perceived as (A) variable without regard to systematic position of taxa, (B) inconsistently reported within the literature, and (C) simply scored as either prismatic or not prismatic in earlier mammals. Our work on Mesozoic mammals such as Sinoconodon, Gobiconodon, Triconodontidae, Docodon, Laolestes, and others suggests that synapsid… CONTINUE READING