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Thread: Chelonian Taxonomy Reassessment

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    Default Chelonian Taxonomy Reassessment

    For those interested in systematics and taxonomy, the chelonians have been re-assessed phylogenomically in the following paper (not yet published) and it looks like a very convincing argument from the amount I've read so far. This paper comes to the conclusion that testudines are actually the sister-taxon to archosaurs (the crocodilians and birds) which, although not a new argument, strongly challenges the most traditional view of chelonian evolution and their place on the "tree of life".

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science...55790314003819

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    Default Re: Chelonian Taxonomy Reassessment

    I wonder if perhaps Testudines should perhaps be altered to Testudisaura? This is indeed pretty good looking evidence to add to the morphological hypotheses.
    Ian Kanda

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