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Early Evolutionary History of the Synapsida

Kammerer, Christian F., Angielczyk, Kenneth D., Fröbisch, Jörg (Eds.)

2014, XI, 337 p. 128 illus., 114 illus. in color.

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  • Focuses on the full breadth of non-mammalian synasid paleontology
  • Reflects the increased interest in the group over the past decade Includes strong component of morphological description, taxonomy, and phylogenetics
  • Explores synapsid functional morphology, paleoecology, biogeography, biostratigraphy, diversity patterns, and the effects of the end-Permian mass extinction
  • Features descriptions of new species (i.e. ‘Pelycosaur’) Provides broad overview of current research into synapsids in the Permo-Triassic
Non-mammalian synapsids were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates from the Late Carboniferous to the Middle Triassic and play a key role in understanding the origin and evolution of mammals. Despite these facts and the outstanding fossil record of the group, early synapsids remain obscure. This book showcases the full breadth of contemporary research on non-mammalian synapsids, ranging from taxonomy and phylogenetics to functional morphology, biogeography, paleoecology, and patterns of diversity. It also underscores the importance and potential of studying non-mammalian synapsid paleobiology in its own right, not just in the context of mammalian evolution.​

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Mammal Origins - Non-mammalian Synapsids - Permo-Triassic Tetrapods - Synapsida - Therapsida

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Geology

Table of contents 

Part I. “Pelycosaur”-grade Synapsids

1. Introduction

Robert R. Reisz

2. New Information on the Basal Pelycosaurian-grade Synapsid Oedaleops

Stuart S. Sumida, Valerie Pelletier, and David S Berman

3. Was Ophiacodon (Synapsida: Eupelycosauria) a Swimmer? A Test Using Vertebral Dimensions

Ryan N. Felice and Kenneth D. Angielczyk

4. Postcranial Description and Reconstruction of the Varanodontine Varanopid Aerosaurus wellesi (Synapsida: Eupelycosauria)

Valerie Pelletier

5. First European Record of a Varanodontine (Synapsida: Varanopidae): Member of a Unique Early Permian Upland Paleoecosystem, Tambach Basin, Central Germany

David S Berman, Amy C. Henrici, Stuart S. Sumida, Thomas Martens, and Valerie Pelletier


Part II. Anomodontia

6. Introduction

Jörg Fröbisch

7. Permian and Triassic Dicynodont (Therapsida: Anomodontia) Faunas of the Luangwa Basin, Zambia: Update and Implications for Dicynodont Biogeography and Biostratigraphy

Kenneth D. Angielczyk, Jean-Sébastien Steyer, Christian A. Sidor, Roger M. H. Smith, Robin L. Whatley, and Stephen Tolan

8. Anatomical Plasticity in the Snout of Lystrosaurus

Sandra C. Jasinoski, Michael A. Cluver, Anusuya Chinsamy, and B. Daya Reddy

9. Pathological Features in Upper Permian and Middle Triassic Dicynodonts (Synapsida, Therapsida)

Cristina Silveira Vega and Michael W. Maisch


Part III. Theriodontia

10. Introduction

Christian F. Kammerer

11. A Redescription of Eriphostoma microdon Broom, 1911 (Therapsida, Gorgonopsia) from the Tapinocephalus Assemblage Zone of South Africa and a Review of Middle Permian Gorgonopsians

Christian F. Kammerer

12. Re-assessment of the Taxonomic Position of the Specimen GPIT/RE/7113 (Sauroctonus parringtoni comb. nov., Gorgonopsia)

Eva V. I. Gebauer

13. New Material of Microgomphodon oligocynus (Eutherapsida, Therocephalia) and the Taxonomy of Southern African Bauriidae

Fernando Abdala, Tea Jashashvili, Bruce S. Rubidge, and Juri van den Heever

14. The Traversodontid Cynodont Mandagomphodon hirschsoni from the Middle Triassic of the Ruhuhu Valley, Tanzania

James A. Hopson

15. Phylogeny and Taxonomy of the Traversodontidae

Jun Liu and Fernando Abdala


Part IV. Therapsid Diversity Patterns and the End-Permian Extinction

16. Introduction

Kenneth D. Angielczyk

17. Vertebrate Paleontology of Nooitgedacht 68: A Lystrosaurus maccaigi-rich Permo-Triassic Boundary Locality in South Africa

Jennifer Botha-Brink, Adam K. Huttenlocker, and Sean P. Modesto

18. Fröbisch, J. Synapsid Diversity and the Rock Record in the Permian-Triassic Beaufort Group (Karoo Supergroup), South Africa

Jörg Fröbisch

Subject Index

Taxonomic Index

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