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Megaraptora

Reptilia - Avetheropoda - Neovenatoridae

Synonymy list
YearName and author
2010Megaraptora Benson et al. p. 76
2012Megaraptora Carrano et al. p. 248 fig. 7
2013Megaraptora Zanno and Makovicky
2014Megaraptora Porfiri et al. p. 36
2018Megaraptora Porfiri et al.

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Sauropsida
classReptilia
subclassEureptilia()
Romeriida
Diapsida()
Eosuchia()
RankNameAuthor
Neodiapsida
SauriaGauthier 1984
Archosauromorpha(Huene 1946)
Crocopoda
ArchosauriformesGauthier 1986
Eucrocopoda
Archosauria()
informalAvemetatarsalia
Ornithodira
Dinosauromorpha
Dinosauriformes
Dinosauria()
Saurischia()
Theropoda()
Neotheropoda
AverostraPaul 2002
Tetanurae
orderAvetheropoda
superfamilyAllosauroidea
familyNeovenatoridae
Megaraptora
Megaraptora

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
ReferenceDiagnosis
R. B. J. Benson et al. 2010Neovenatorid theropods with the following unambiguous synapomorphy: long, gracile metatarsals (III) with a ratio of length to minimum width ≥12.5. Incomplete knowledge of Chilantaisaurus and Neovenator means that other potential synapomorphies of Megaraptora, pertaining to cursorial hind limbs (Fig. 1j–k) and pneumatic caudal vertebrae (Fig. 1c), are only recovered under DELTRAN optimisation (see “Electronic supplementary material”).