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Meiolaniidae

Reptilia - Meiolaniidae

Synonyms
Synonymy list
YearName and author
1887Meiolaniidae Lydekker
1889Miolaniidae Lydekker p. 159
1946Miolaniidae Kuhn p. 58
1966Meiolaniidae Kuhn p. 24
1987Meiolaniidae de Broin p. 132
1988Meiolaniidae Carroll
1992Meiolaniidae Gaffney et al.
1992Meiolaniidae Megirian
1996Meiolanidae Gaffney
2004Meiolanidae Joyce et al.
2007Meiolaniidae Gaffney et al.
2011Meiolaniidae Sterli and de la Fuente
2012Meiolaniidae Anquetin p. 34 fig. 10
2013Meiolaniidae Sterli and de la Fuente
2014Meiolaniidae de la Fuente et al.
2015Meiolaniidae Rhodin et al.
2015Meiolaniidae Sterli
2015Meiolaniidae Sterli et al.
2019Meiolaniidae Sterli and de la Fuente

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
RankNameAuthor
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Sauropsida
classReptilia
Testudinata(Oppel 1811)
Perichelydia
Meiolaniformes
familyMeiolaniidaeLydekker 1887
familyMeiolaniidaeLydekker 1887

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
J. Sterli 2015Representatives of Meiolaniidae are diagnosed relative to more basal meiolaniforms by the presence of a contact between the quadratojugal and the squamosal below cavum tympani, presence of squamosal horns, absence of an antrum postoticum, presence of an intrapterygoid slit through which the arteria palatina enters the skull, presence of a bony flooring for the canalis carotici interni posterior to the bifurcation of the cerebral and palatine branches, formation of the foramen posterior canalis carotici interni by the pterygoid and the presence of a tail club and tail rings.