Tooth and cranial disparity in the fossil relatives of Sphenodon (Rhynchocephalia) dispute the persistent ‘living fossil’ label

@article{Meloro2012ToothAC,
  title={Tooth and cranial disparity in the fossil relatives of Sphenodon (Rhynchocephalia) dispute the persistent ‘living fossil’ label},
  author={C. Meloro and M. E. Jones},
  journal={Journal of Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2012},
  volume={25}
}
  • C. Meloro, M. E. Jones
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Evolutionary Biology
  • The tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) is the only living representative of Rhynchocephalia, a group of small vertebrates that originated about 250 million years ago. The tuatara has been referred to as a living fossil; however, the group to which it belongs included a much greater diversity of forms in the Mesozoic. We explore the morphological diversity of Rhynchocephalia and stem lepidosaur relatives (Sphenodon plus 13 fossil relatives) by employing a combination of geometric morphometrics and… CONTINUE READING
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