SVP 2018: New elginiid parieasaur skull from China

Liu and Bever 2018
describe a complete pareiasaur skull close to Eliginia (Fig. 1), the proximal outgroup to hardshell turtles in the large reptile tree, and no where else. The new specimen is significantly larger than Elginia. The authors refer the specimen to Sanchuansaurus, a taxon apparently known from far less material. Evidently this abstract does not represent the earlier Eliginia wuyongae (Fig. 1), which is not significantly larger than Elginia. Liu and Bever make no mention of the eliginiid relationship to basal hard-shell turtles.

Figure 2. Another gap is filled by nesting E. wuyongae between Bunostegos and Elginia at the base of hard shell turtles in the LRT.

Figure 1. Another gap is filled by nesting E. wuyongae between Bunostegos and Elginia at the base of hard shell turtles in the LRT. The new specimen is larger than Eliginia.

References
Liu J and Bever GS 2018. The first complete pareiasaaur skull from China and its implications for the taxonomy of Chinese pareiasaurs.

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