Dromasauria

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Dromasauria
Temporal range: Middle Permian
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Galechirus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Synapsida
Order: Therapsida
Suborder: Anomodontia
Infraorder: Dromasauria*
Genera

Galechirus
Galeops
Galepus

Dromasaurs are a paraphyletic group of anomodont therapsids from the Middle Permian. They were small with slender legs and long tails. Their skulls were short, but the eye sockets were large. Dromasauria was once considered to be a major group of basal anomodonts along with the infraorder Venyukovioidea. It includes the genera Galepus, Galechirus, and Galeops, all from southern Africa. Below is a cladogram based on Modesto and Rubidge (2000), Liu et al. (2009) and Cisneros et al. (2011):[1][2][3]

Anomodontia 

Anomocephalus





Galepus



Galechirus




Venyukovioidea




Patranomodon




Galeops



Dicynodontia





  Dromasaurs

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Modesto, S.; Rubidge, B. (2000). "A basal anomodont therapsid from the Lower Beaufort Group, Upper Permian of South Africa". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 20 (3): 515–521. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2000)020[0515:ABATFT]2.0.CO;2. 
  2. ^ Liu, J.; Rubidge, B.; Li, J. (2009). "A new specimen of Biseridens qilianicus indicates its phylogenetic position as the most basal anomodont". Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 277 (1679): 285–292. doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.0883. PMC 2842672Freely accessible. PMID 19640887. 
  3. ^ Cisneros, J.C.; Abdala, F.; Rubidge, B.S.; Dentzien-Dias, D.; Bueno, A.O. (2011). "Dental Occlusion in a 260-Million-Year-Old Therapsid with Saber Canines from the Permian of Brazil". Science. 331: 1603–1605. Bibcode:2011Sci...331.1603C. doi:10.1126/science.1200305. PMID 21436452.