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Archosauriformes (Greek for 'ruling lizards', and Latin for 'form') is a clade of diapsid reptiles that developed from archosauromorph ancestors some time in the Late Permian (roughly 250 million years ago). It was defined by Jacques Gauthier (1994) as the clade stemming from the last common ancestor of Proterosuchidae and Archosauria (the group that contains crocodiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs, and birds);[4] Phil Senter (2005) defined it as the most exclusive clade containing Proterosuchus and Archosauria.[5] These reptiles, which include members of the family Proterosuchidae and more advanced forms, were originally superficially crocodile-like predatory semi-aquatic animals about 1.5 meters (5 ft) long, with a sprawling elbows-out stance and long snouts. Unlike the bulk of their therapsid contemporaries, the proterosuchids survived the catastrophe at the end of the Permian, perhaps because they were opportunistic scavengers or because they could retreat into water to find respite from an overheated climate. Any such scenarios are hypothetical; what is clearer is that these animals were highly successful in their new environment, and evolved quickly. Within a few million years at the opening of the Triassic, the proterosuchids had given rise to the Erythrosuchidae (the first sauropsids to totally dominate their environment), which in turn were the ancestors of the small agile Euparkeriidae, from which a number of successfully more advanced families – the archosaurs proper – evolved rapidly to fill empty ecological niches in the devastated global system. The Archosauria includes crocodylians, birds, and their extinct relatives. The archosaurs were the only members of the Archosauriformes which survived the late Triassic extinction.[6]

Archosauriformes
Temporal range: LopingianPresent, 260–0 Ma
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Life restoration of a Proterosuchus fergusi
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American alligator (A. mississippiensis)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Crocopoda
Clade: Archosauriformes
Gauthier, 1986
Subgroups[3]

Pre-Euparkeria Archosauriformes have previously been included in the suborder Proterosuchia of the order Thecodontia. Under the cladistic methodology, Proterosuchia has been rejected as a paraphyletic assemblage, and the pre-archosaurian taxa are simply considered as basal Archosauriformes.

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RelationshipsEdit

Below is a cladogram from Nesbitt (2011):[7]


Archosauriformes 
 Proterosuchidae 

Archosaurus

Proterosuchus 

Erythrosuchus 

Vancleavea 

 Proterochampsia 

Tropidosuchus

Chanaresuchus 

Euparkeria 

 Crurotarsi 
 Phytosauria

Parasuchus

Smilosuchus 

Pseudopalatus

 Archosauria 

Pseudosuchia 

Avemetatarsalia 

*Note: Phytosaurs were previously placed within Pseudosuchia, or crocodile-line archosaurs.

Below is a cladogram from Sengupta et al. (2017),[8] based on an updated version of Ezcurra (2016)[3] that reexamined all historical members of the "Proterosuchia" (a polyphyletic historical group including proterosuchids and erythrosuchids). The placement of fragmentary taxa that had to be removed to increase tree resolution are indicated by dashed lines (in the most derived position that they can be confidently assigned to). Taxa that are nomina dubia are indicated by the note "dubium". Bold terminal taxa are collapsed.[3]


 Crocopoda 

Allokotosauria 

Rhynchosauria 

Boreopricea funerea

Prolacertidae  

SAM-PK-591

"Ankistrodon indicus" (dubium)

"Blomosuchus georgii" (dubium)

Tasmaniosaurus triassicus

 Archosauriformes 

Chasmatosuchus magnus

Chasmatosuchus rossicus

Gamosaurus lozovskii

Chasmatosuchus vjushkovi

Vonhuenia friedrichi

Proterosuchidae 

Eorasaurus olsoni

Kalisuchus rewanensis

Fugusuchus hejiapanensis

Sarmatosuchus otschevi

Cuyosuchus huenei

Erythrosuchidae 

 Eucrocopoda 

Asperoris mnyama

Dorosuchus neoetus

Euparkeria capensis 

 Proterochampsia 

Doswelliidae 

Proterochampsidae 

 Archosauria 
 Avemetatarsalia 

Aphanosauria 

Ornithodira 

 Pseudosuchia 

Phytosauria 

The rest of Pseudosuchia 

SourcesEdit

  • Gauthier, J. A. (1986). "Saurischian monophyly and the origin of birds". In Padian, K. (ed.). The Origin of Birds and the Evolution of Flight. Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences. 8. California Academy of Sciences. pp. 1–55. ISBN 978-0-940228-14-6.
  • Gauthier, J. A.; Kluge, A. G.; Rowe, T. (June 1988). "Amniote phylogeny and the importance of fossils" (PDF). Cladistics. John Wiley & Sons. 4 (2): 105–209. doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.1988.tb00514.x.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ M. D. Ezcurra. 2016. The phylogenetic relationships of basal archosauromorphs, with an emphasis on the systematics of proterosuchian archosauriforms.
  2. ^ Sookias, R. B.; Sullivan, C.; Liu, J.; Butler, R. J. (2014). "Systematics of putative euparkeriids (Diapsida: Archosauriformes) from the Triassic of China". PeerJ. 2: e658. doi:10.7717/peerj.658. PMC 4250070. PMID 25469319.
  3. ^ a b c Ezcurra, M.D. (2016). The phylogenetic relationships of basal archosauromorphs, with an emphasis on the systematics of proterosuchian archosauriforms. PeerJ, e1778 [1]
  4. ^ Gauthier J. A. (1994): The diversification of the amniotes. In: D. R. Prothero and R. M. Schoch (ed.) Major Features of Vertebrate Evolution: 129-159. Knoxville, Tennessee: The Paleontological Society.
  5. ^ Phil Senter (2005). "Phylogenetic taxonomy and the names of the major archosaurian (Reptilia) clades". PaleoBios. 25 (2): 1–7.
  6. ^ Anatomy, Phylogeny and Palaeobiology of Early Archosaurs and Their Kin
  7. ^ Nesbitt, S.J. (2011). "The early evolution of archosaurs: relationships and the origin of major clades" (PDF). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. 352: 1–292. doi:10.1206/352.1.
  8. ^ Sengupta, S.; Ezcurra, M.D.; Bandyopadhyay, S. (2017). "A new horned and long-necked herbivorous stem-archosaur from the Middle Triassic of India". Scientific Reports. 7. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-08658-8. PMID 28827583.

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