Temporal range: Permian-Triassic
Eosuchians are an extinct order of diapsid reptiles. Depending on which taxa are included the order may have ranged from the late Carboniferous to the Eocene but the consensus is that eosuchians are confined to the Permian and Triassic.
Eosuchia was initially defined to include all "thecodontian" reptiles which did not have an antorbital fenestra but did retain tabulars, postparietals and a large pineal foramen (Broom, 1914). Broom coined the term as a new suborder for Youngina.
A definition for inclusion in the order is difficult: it is almost easier to list the primitively-diapsid reptiles that have not been included at one time or another. The order has almost been treated as a dustbin for diapsids that are not obviously lepidosaurian or archosaurian. One consequence has been Romer's suggestion of the alternative order Younginiformes to be applied strictly to those forms with the primitive diapsid form, in particular, a complete lowermost arch as the quadratojugal and jugal bones of the skull meet. 
The one constant eosuchian has been Youngina, a small lizard-shaped reptile from the Upper Permian of South Africa. This and a couple of other genera, which may or may not be synonymous with Youngina, make up the family Younginidae.
Eosuchia s.s. (Syn:Younginiformes)
- Family: Galesphyridae
- Family: Younginidae
- Family: Tangasauridae
- http://tolweb.org/articles/?article_id=465 For example and discussion
- http://www.fmnh.helsinki.fi/users/haaramo/metazoa/Deuterostoma/Chordata/Reptilia/Neodiapsida.htm Phylogeny treating Eosuchia in its strict sense
- http://tolweb.org/Diapsida At one time or another all of the taxa in black in this phylogeny has been placed within "Eosuchia" in one sense or another
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