The Vertebrates Weigeltisauridae

Diapsida: Neodiapsida: Weigeltisauridae

Abbreviated Dendrogram
Amniota ├─Synapsida └─Sauropsida ├─Anapsida ╘═Eureptilia │ └─Diapsida ╞═Araeoscelida └─Neodiapsida ╞═"Younginiformes" └─┬─Claudiosaurus └─┬─Coelurosauravidae └─┬─┬─Thalattosauria │ └─Ichthyosauria ├?─Omphalosaurus ├?─Saurosphargidae ├?─Hupehsuchia └─Sauria ├?─Choristodera ├─Lepidosauromorpha └─Archosauromorpha


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  1. Weigeltisauridae X

Coelurosauravus jaekeli
Coelurosauravus jaekeli, a gliding reptile from the Late Permian of Germany. illustration by Nobu Tamura (Wikipedia)


Weigeltisauridae: Coelurosauravus, Rautiania, Weigeltisaurus arboreal gliding forms.

Synonyms: Coelurosauravidae.

Late Permian of Europe, Madagascar, Russia and Canada

Neodiapsida:: (Younginiformes + (Ichthyopterygia + Sauria)) + *.

Coelurosauravis: elongate, horizontal ribs – gliding membrane like Draco? Sues (1997) says not ribs: different support for gliding membrane. Loss of lower temporal bar, elaborate squamosal frill. Megalancosaurus had (1) osteological correlates for the existence of a birdlike prepatagial membrane; (2) elbow joints that, similar to many birds, "locked" at about 165 degrees extension (i.e., about 25 degree short of full extension); (3) fusion of dorsal vertebrae into a somewhat birdlike/pterosaur-like notarium; (4) lightened, externally "hollowed-out" long bones; (5) extremely long forelimbs, and possibly other flight or gliding adaptations. (Ruben, J. (2000) pers. comm on dinosaur listserver 4/6/00).

Links: UCMP - Basal Diapsids (only a paragraph), Wikipedia (stubby), link; link

Comments: very primitive forms with protorothyridid like characteristics in limb proportions and number of presacral vertebrae Currie, 1981 p.162, very basal relative to, and not closely related to, younginiformes (Currie, ibid, Benton 1985) though Bickelmann et al. 2009 gve them the opposite placement, not primitive than, but more advanced than younginiformes. This difference is certainly due to different cladistic methodologies (computer-statistical, supermatrixes and so on) used now, in contrast to the hand-drawn approach of the 1980s. One needs to ask whether the statistical approach using parsimony analysis of hundreds of trees, and with large numbers of atomistically distinct traits, better reveals or conceals phylogenetic relationships, in comparison to the approach used by early workers in the field.

Coelurosauravus elivensis Piveteau 1926

Synonyms: Daedalosaurus magagascariensis Carroll 1978 cospesific or distinct species?

Late Permian of England and possibly Madagascar

Weigeltisauridae : + *.

Coelurosauravus jaekeli (Weigelt 1930)

Synonyms: Palaeochamaeleo jaekeli Weigelt 1930; Gracilisaurus ottoi Weigelt 1930; Weigeltisaurus jaekeli (Weigelt 1930) Kuhn 1939] - ref Mikko's Phylogeny Archive

Late Permian of West Germany

Weigeltisauridae : + *.

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