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Yangtzepus clarkei

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Taxonomy
Yangtzepus clarkei was named by Salisbury et al. (2016). It is considered to be a form taxon. Its type specimen is WAM 12.1.1, replica of UQL-DP57-1, a footprint, and it is a trace fossil. Its type locality is UQL-DP57 tracksite (PROXY), which is in a Valanginian/Barremian delta plain sandstone in the Broome Sandstone Formation of Australia.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
2016Yangtzepus clarkei Salisbury et al. p. 34

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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()
RankNameAuthor
Romeriida
Diapsida()
Eosuchia()
Neodiapsida
SauriaGauthier 1984
Archosauromorpha(Huene 1946)
Crocopoda
ArchosauriformesGauthier 1986
Eucrocopoda
Archosauria()
informalAvemetatarsalia
Ornithodira
Dinosauromorpha
Dinosauriformes
Dinosauria()
Saurischia()
Theropoda()
genusYangtzepus
speciesclarkei

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
S. W. Salisbury et al. 2016Pedal tracks: medium- to large-sized (proximodistal length 24–32.9 cm, mediolateral width 19.7–20.5 cm), tridactyl, mesaxonic (digital impression extension to track length ratio 0.36), longer than wide, with an average maximum length to maximum width ratio of approximately 1.2–1.6; individual digital impressions proportionately elongated and broad, with the impression of digit III being the broadest impression (maximum digital impression width to track length ratio 0.20–0.33), with similar widths for the impressions of digits II (0.16–0.23) and IV (0.16–0.18); impression of digit III is the longest (basal digital impression length 61–81% of total track length), and the impression of digit II extends farther distally than digit IV relative to the principal track axis; axes of the impressions of digits III and IV typically intersect distal to the intersection of the axes of the impressions of digits II and III; total divarication angle between the axes of the impressions of digits II and IV 30–34°; divarication of the axes of the impressions of digits III and IV (20–23°) greater than divarication of axes of the impressions of digits II and III (10–11°); the distance between the proximal margin of each digital impression and the metatarsodigital pad impression is greatest for the impression of digit III, then II, and the least for IV; possible digital pad formula 3/II, 2/III, 3/IV, with the pad impressions associated with the impression of digit IV being variably impressed; impression of ungual present distally on the impression of digit II; a separate, circular metatarsodigital pad impression occurs immediately proximal to the proximal end of the impression of digit IV and in line with the principal track axis, with a width that is approximately equivalent to the width of the impression of digit III; impression of the hallux absent.