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Tupilakosaur-like vertebrae in Bothriceps australis, an Australian Brachyopid Stereospondyl


Warren, A and Rozefelds, AC and Bull, S, Tupilakosaur-like vertebrae in Bothriceps australis, an Australian Brachyopid Stereospondyl, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31, (4) pp. 738-753. ISSN 0272-4634 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02724634.2011.590563


A new locality near the Permo-Triassic boundary in Tasmania, Australia, has yielded a number of specimens of the brachyopid stereospondyl, Bothriceps australis, whose provenance was unknown previously. An articulated diplospondylous vertebral column of a morphology typical only of the Tupilakosauridae was found at the same locality. Although the Brachyopidae and Tupilakosauridae have skulls of similar shape, most authors have regarded them as not closely related. Phylogenetic analysis confirms that the Brachyopidae and Tupilakosauridae are both members of the Stereospondyli but are not closely related, despite the remarkable similarity of the Bothriceps and tupilakosaur vertebral columns

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Palaeontology (incl. palynology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Bull, S (Dr Stuart Bull)
ID Code:74914
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Earth Sciences
Deposited On:2011-12-15
Last Modified:2018-03-29

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