Event Title

A juvenile specimen of the multiple-tooth-rowed reptile Labidosaurikos (Eureptilia, Captorhinidae, Moradisaurinae) from the Lower Permian of north-central Texas

Presenter Information

Jason Jung

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

College

College of Natural Sciences

Major

Biology

Location

Event Center A & B

Start Date

5-21-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

5-21-2015 2:30 PM

Abstract

MCZ 1352 is a partial maxillary toothplate from the Early Permian of Baylor County, northcentral Texas. The specimen displays the straight rows of teeth characteristic of the Moradisaurinae and is nearly identical in shape to the maxilla of Labidosaurikos meachami. Larger, more mesial individual teeth conform to the dental pattern previously determined for adults of the genus. Adults of L. meachami are known to possess six maxillary tooth rows, whereas MCZ 1352 has only five. Although only a partial specimen, it appears MCZ 1352 is most likely a juvenile specimen of L. meachmi. If correct, the comparative sizes suggest isometric growth of this element. The orientation of the lingual-most row of teeth, and the five as opposed to six maxillary tooth rows, suggest either new tooth rows may move labially during development or bone growth and remodeling occur lingually, resulting in the development of a margin of maxillary bone between the fifth row and the lingual edge.

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May 21st, 1:00 PM May 21st, 2:30 PM

A juvenile specimen of the multiple-tooth-rowed reptile Labidosaurikos (Eureptilia, Captorhinidae, Moradisaurinae) from the Lower Permian of north-central Texas

Event Center A & B

MCZ 1352 is a partial maxillary toothplate from the Early Permian of Baylor County, northcentral Texas. The specimen displays the straight rows of teeth characteristic of the Moradisaurinae and is nearly identical in shape to the maxilla of Labidosaurikos meachami. Larger, more mesial individual teeth conform to the dental pattern previously determined for adults of the genus. Adults of L. meachami are known to possess six maxillary tooth rows, whereas MCZ 1352 has only five. Although only a partial specimen, it appears MCZ 1352 is most likely a juvenile specimen of L. meachmi. If correct, the comparative sizes suggest isometric growth of this element. The orientation of the lingual-most row of teeth, and the five as opposed to six maxillary tooth rows, suggest either new tooth rows may move labially during development or bone growth and remodeling occur lingually, resulting in the development of a margin of maxillary bone between the fifth row and the lingual edge.