I spent last week adding taxa and running through potential problems with the large reptile tree. Several matrix boxes were rescored. The result shifted turtles + pareiasaurs from Diadectides + Procolophon to Milleretta RC70 + Odontochelys (a near-turtle now, not a real turtle), which we discussed earlier.
An interesting shift.
Moving pareiasaurs + Proganochelys back to Diadectes + Procolophon now adds 22 steps. Moving pareiasaurs + turtles to Eunotosaurus (following the results of Lyson et al. 2013) adds 28 steps.
Maybe not as crazy as it sounds
It’s the “plain brown sparrows” like Milleretta, that lie at the bases of major clades, not the highly derived taxa, like Procolophon and Diadectes. Those become extinct. The various specimens of Milleretta have long been ignored, but they really are the keys to understanding the reptile family tree.
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