Kapes: a new procolophonid with long cheeks

Zaher, Coram and Benton 2018
bring us a new procolophonid, Kapes bentoni, with long cheek bones (Fig. 1).

Figure 1. Kapes bentoni. Perserved parts are in gray.

Figure 1. Kapes bentoni. Perserved parts are in gray.

Unfortunately,
Zaher, Coram and Benton have no idea how their included taxa are related to one another because they exclude so many pertinent taxa (Fig. 2), as determined by the large reptile tree (LRT, 1280 taxa). Infamously, Dr. Benton purposefully deleted taxa in prior works. Not sure why that was also done here.

Figure 2. Cladogram from Zaher, Coram and Benton excluding so many pertinent taxa present in the LRT that the phylogenetic order is here reversed.

Figure 2. Cladogram from Zaher, Coram and Benton excluding so many pertinent taxa present in the LRT that the phylogenetic order is here reversed.

Workers don’t have to believe
the hypothesis of relationships proposed by the LRT, but it would profit them to at least include the pertinent taxa shown revealed by the LRT.

References
Zaher M, Coram RA and Benton MJ 2018. The Middle Triassic procolophonid Kapes bentoni: computed tomography of the skull and skeleton. Papers in Palaeontology 2018:1–28. doi: 10.1002/spp2.1232

 

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