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Kuehneosauridae
Fossil range: Late Triassic
Kuehneosuchus BW
Kuehneosaurus latus (right) and Kuehneosuchus latissimus (left), two lepidosauromorphs from the Late Triassic of Britain
Scientific classification

Class:

Sauropsida infraclass = Lepidosauromorpha

Order:

Eolacertilia

Family:

Kuehneosauridae

Genera:

The Kuehneosaurids were a group of small, lizard-like diapsids like Icarosaurus, Rhabdopelix, and Kuehneosaurus. They were distinguished from other diapsids by their 'wings', which were really sails of skin held up by bony struts similar to ribs. These sails would have served as gliding tools, but the Kuehneosaurids were incapable of powered flight. They were most likely insectivorous, judging from their pin-like teeth.

ReferencesEdit

  • Steins, K., Palmer, C., Gill, P.G., and Benton, M.J. (2008). "The aerodynamics of the British Late Triassic Kuehneosauridae." Palaeontology 51(4): 967-981. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00783.x
Mantell's Iguanodon restoration

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