Tapejaromorpha

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Tapejaromorpha
Temporal range:
Early Cretaceous - Late Cretaceous, 125–66.5 Ma
Sinopterus dongi.jpg
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

Tapejaromorpha is a group of pterosaurs within the clade Azhdarchoidea. The fossil remains of tapejaromorphs dated back to the Cretaceous period.

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 

ThalassodrominaeTupuxuara leonardii white background.jpg

Dsungaripteridae

Chaoyangopteridae

AzhdarchidaeGfp-quetzalcaotlus white background.jpg

Tapejaromorpha

Bennettazhia oregonensis

Eopteranodon lii

"Sinopterus" gui

Nemicolopterus crypticus

Huaxiapterus jii

Tapejaridae

References[edit]

  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.