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Subclade Archosauria: Crurotarsi to Crocodylia 

Taxon Feedback
Taxon Poposauridae 
Nominal Author Nopcsa 1923 
2° Nominal Author  
Taxon Status active
inactive
Comments

Poposauridae was coined by Nopcsa (1923) and initially thought by most to reside within Saurischia and possibly Theropoda. Steel (1970), for example, placed Poposauridae and its sole species Poposaurus gracilis in Carnosaria within Theropoda. Better specimens soon after linked Poposaurus and closest kin with crurotarsal archosaurs. Recent description and discovery of much more complete remains pertaining to Sillosuchus (Alcober and Parrish 1997) and Shuvosaurus (Nesbitt et al. 2005) will impact greatly on the understanding and placement of this clade within Suchia.

Parrish (1993:302) included four genera but did not define Poposuridae. The active definition is stem-based and uses the nominotypical Poposaurus gracilis as an internal specifier. Poposauridae, Paracrocodylomorpha and Crocodylomorpha form a conditional node-stem triplet.

 
Potential Synonomy  

Inactive Taxon Status Feedback
Rejection Criteria junior synonym
historically polyphyletic
incomplete definition
no definition
apomorphy-based
redundant
other 
Critique  
 

Current Age Range Feedback
Earliest Record Carnian (228 Ma) 
Latest Record Norian (204 Ma) 
Range (My) 24 
Basis for Range The earliest record are the poposaurids Poposaurus gracilis, Lythrosuchus langstoni, and Chatterjeea elegans from Carnian-age formations in western North America (Long and Murry 1995) and Sillosuchus longicervix (Alcober and Parrish 1997) from similar age beds in Argentina. The latest records are early Norian in age (Long and Murry 1995). Dates are rounded to the nearest million, the earliest from the beginning of the stage and the latest from the end of the stage (Gradstein et al. 2004).