Teleocrater

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"Teleocrater" is the informal name given to an as yet undescribed genus of prehistoric reptile. It was an archosaur (or archosauromorph) originally thought to be a dinosaur. The name "Teleocrater" was coined by English paleontologist Alan Charig in his 1956 doctoral dissertation, but has never been formally published.[1] The same thesis named "Mandasuchus", another archosauriform.[2]

Archosauromorpha
  Archosauromorpha  
  Rhynchosauria  

  Archosauriformes  
  "Mandasuchus"  

    
  "Teleocrater"  

    
  Erythrosuchidae  

    
  Proterochampsidae  

    
  Euparkeriidae  

  Archosauria  
 








Position of "Teleocrater" relative to other Archosauromorphs, based on Ricqles et al. (2008).

A 2008 bone histology study of early archosauriforms tentatively identified "Teleocrater" as an archosauromorph which was closely related to, though outside of, the Erythrosuchidae, a family of early reptiles slightly predating the true archosaurs. The authors also could not assign a family to "Teleocrater".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Teleocrater". DinoData.org. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  2. ^ a b Ricqlès, A. de., Padian, K., Knoll, F., and Horner, J.R. (2008). "On the origin of rapid growth rates in archosaurs and their ancient relatives: complementary histological studies on Triassic archosauriforms and the problem of a "phylogenetic signal" in bone histology". Annales de Paleontologie 94: 57-76.

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