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