Vonhuenia

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Vonhuenia
Temporal range: Early Triassic, 250 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Archosauriformes
Family: Proterosuchidae
Genus: Vonhuenia
Sennikov, 1992
Species
  • V. friedrichi Sennikov, 1992 (type)

Vonhuenia is an extinct genus of basal archosauriform from the Early Triassic of Russia. Fossils have been found along the Vetluga River that are Induan in age, making Vonhuenia one of the earliest archosauriforms.[1]

Classification[edit]

The type species V. friedrichi, named in 1992, is based on material that was misassigned to the genus Chasmatosuchus by Ochev (1978).[2] Although originally classified as a proterosuchid, a 2016 cladistic analysis recovered it as a non-eucrocopodan archosauriform of uncertain position.[3]

Paleobiology[edit]

Vonhuenia was a small archosauriform that lived alongside amphibians like Tupilakosaurus and Luzocephalus, small reptiles like Phaanthosaurus, and the large-bodied dicynodont Lystrosaurus in the earliest Triassic.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shishkin, M.A.; Ochev, V.G.; Lozovskii, V.R.; Novikov, I.V. (2000). "Tetrapod biostratigraphy of the Triassic of Eastern Europe". In Benton, M.J.; Kurochkin, E.N.; Shishkin, M.A. and Unwin, D.M. (eds.). The Age of Dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 140–159. ISBN 978-0-521-54582-2. 
  2. ^ Sennikov, A.G.; Gower, D.J. (2000). "Early archosaurs from Russia". In Benton, M.J.; Shishkin, M.A.; and Unwin, D.M. The Age of Dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 140–159. ISBN 978-0-521-54582-2. 
  3. ^ Ezcurra, M.D. (2016),The phylogenetic relationships of basal archosauromorphs, with an emphasis on the systematics of proterosuchian archosauriforms. PeerJ4:e1778;DOI10.7717/peerj.1778
  4. ^ Sennikov, A.G. (1996). "Evolution of the Permian and Triassic tetrapod communities of Eastern Europe". Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 120 (3-4): 331–351. doi:10.1016/0031-0182(95)00041-0.