Tapejaromorpha

Tapejaromorpha (the "J" is pronounced the same as in English) is a group of pterosaurs within the clade Azhdarchoidea. The fossil remains of tapejaromorphs dated back to the Cretaceous period.

Tapejaromorphs
Temporal range:
Early Cretaceous - Late Cretaceous, 125–66.5 Ma
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Fossil specimen of Sinopterus dongi
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Pterosauria
Suborder: Pterodactyloidea
Clade: Neoazhdarchia
Clade: Tapejaromorpha
Andres et al., 2014
Subgroups

The Tapejaromorpha was defined in 2014 by Andres and colleagues. They made Tapejaromorpha the most inclusive clade containing Tapejara but not Quetzalcoatlus.[1] Martill and Naish had previously proposed this same definition for Tapejaridae, but did not formalize it.[2] Andres and colleagues instead defined Tapejaridae more narrowly, as the clade Tapejara + Sinopterus.[1]

 Azhdarchoidea 
 Neoazhdarchia 

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Dsungaripteridae

Chaoyangopteridae

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Tapejaromorpha

Bennettazhia oregonensis

Eopteranodon lii

"Sinopterus" gui

Nemicolopterus crypticus

Huaxiapterus jii

Tapejaridae

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Andres, B.; Clark, J.; Xu, X. (2014). "The Earliest Pterodactyloid and the Origin of the Group". Current Biology. 24: 1011–6. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2014.03.030. PMID 24768054.
  2. ^ Martill, D.M.; Naish, D. (2006). "Cranial crest development in the azhdarchoid pterosaur Tupuxuara, with a review of the genus and tapejarid monophyly". Palaeontology. 49: 925–941. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2006.00575.x.