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Atopotarus courseni

Mammalia - Carnivora - Desmatophocidae

Taxonomy
Atopotarus courseni was named by Downs (1956) [preserved on a limestone slab in articulation and partially but not fully compressed]. Its type specimen is LACM 1376, a partial skeleton (incomplete skeleton lacking hind quarters), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Coursen garden, which is in a Hemingfordian/Barstovian marine limestone/chert in the Monterey Formation of California.

It was recombined as Allodesmus courseni by Mitchell (1966), Barnes (1969), Barnes (1972), Repenning and Tedford (1977), Barnes (1989), Kohno (1996) and Deméré et al. (2003).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1956Atopotarus courseni Downs p. 115
1962Atopotarus courseni Packard p. 29
1966Allodesmus courseni Mitchell p. 24
1969Allodesmus courseni Barnes p. 3
1972Allodesmus courseni Barnes p. 39
1977Allodesmus courseni Repenning and Tedford p. 76
1989Allodesmus courseni Barnes p. 23
1995Atopotarus courseni Barnes and Hirota p. 334
1996Allodesmus courseni Kohno p. 389
2003Allodesmus courseni Deméré et al. p. 49 figs. Fig. 3.3
2008Atopotarus courseni Barnes p. 531
2018Atopotarus courseni Berta et al. p. 205 figs. Fig. 1
2018Atopotarus courseni Boessenecker and Churchill p. 19 figs. Table 9

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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
Synapsida()
Therapsida()
infraorderCynodontia()
Epicynodontia
RankNameAuthor
infraorderEucynodontia
Probainognathia
Mammaliamorpha
Mammaliaformes
classMammalia
subclassTribosphenida()
infraclassEutheria()
Placentalia
Laurasiatheria
Scrotifera
Ferae()
CarnivoramorphaWyss and Flynn 1993
CarnivoraformesFlynn et al.
orderCarnivoraBowditch 1821
superfamilyArctoideaFlower 1869
Pinnipedimorpha
Pinnipedia()
familyDesmatophocidae
subfamilyAllodesminae()
genusAtopotarus
speciescourseni

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
No diagnoses are available