…but only in the LRT.
There is no reference to the Poposauria (Fig. 2) in the Martz and Small 2019 text. They describe their new taxon, Kwanasaurus wiliamparkeri (Fig. 1), known from scattered bits and pieces from young and old individuals, and nest it with Silesaurus (Fig. 2). The authors consider Silesaurus a dinosauromorph.
in the large reptile tree (LRT, 1566 taxa; subset Fig. 3) the clade Dinosauromorpha is a junior synonym for Archosauria because only crocs and dinos make up the Archosauria. This recovery is distinct from all other studies that suffer from taxon exclusion and poor scoring.
The authors report:
“We have opted to utilize the data matrix of Peecook et al. (2013), acquiring the Nexus file from Morphobank. The matrix of Peecook et al. (2013) is slightly modified from the matrix of Nesbitt et al. (2010).” Earlier in a 7-part series we looked at scoring problems with Nesbitt inspired cladograms.
In the LRT
(subset Fig. 3) the clade Poposauria (including Silesaurus and kin) nest as the first outgroup to the Archosauria. So dinosaurs and polosaurs are very close, as everyone agrees. Just keep adding taxa, especially basal bipedal crocs, to fine tune the tree topography.
Here’s a cladogram from Martz and Small 2019
(Fig. 4) missing many pertinent taxa and including five irrelevant taxa, like pterosaurs and lagerpetids (proterochampsids). That and a raft of bad scores mess things up as demonstrated by the lack of similarity between putative sister taxa below. There is no such problem in the LRT (Fig. 3) where microevolution is documented between sisters.
Martz JW and Small BJ 2019. Non-dinosaurian dinosauromorphs from the Chinle Formation (Upper Triassic) of the Eagle Basin, northern Colorado: Dromomeron romeri (Lagerpetidae) and a new taxon, Kwanasaurus williamparkeri (Silesauridae).
PeerJ 7:e7551 DOI 10.7717/peerj.7551