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AMNIOTA |--SYNAPSIDA `--+--ANAPSIDA | `--EUREPTILIA |--Coelostegus `--+--+--Thuringothyris | `--Captorhinidae | |--Concordia | `--+--Romeria | `--+--Captorhinus | `--Moradisaurinae `--+--Brouffia `--Romeriida |--Paleothyris `--+--Hylonomus `--+--Protorothyrididae `--DIAPSIDA
The Eureptilia ("true reptiles") are one of the groups that emerged through cladistic studies of amniote evolution. In linnaean taxonomy reference would be made to Captorhinomorpha, a paraphyletic taxon that nevertheless is useful in reference to the earliest and most basal forms. In addition to these primitive Permo-Carboniferous reptiles, Eureptilia includes that very diverse group of reptiles, the Diapsids, the early members of which are considered in a later unit.
Captorhinomorphs were small, lizard-like forms, that doubtless scurried through the Permo-Carboniferous undergrowth in search of insects and other small invertebrates. Others became early herbivore sor omnivores, and some specialised later types, belonging to the clade Moradisaurinae, grew to quite a reasonable size. MAK120313
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