Captorhinomorpha

Captorhinomorpha

[‚kap·tə¦rī·nə¦mȯr·fə]
(paleontology)
An extinct subclass of primitive lizardlike reptiles in the order Cotylosauria.
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Their closest zoological correlatives are small, Permo-Carboniferous "stem-reptiles" of the families Protorothyrididae and Captorhinidae in the suborder Captorhinomorpha, and pelycosauran reptiles, possibly of the Ophiacodontidae.
Eliminating, therefore, the various Permo-Carboniferous amphibian groups and those reptiles with more specialized feet, our attention logically focuses on the small, generalized "stem-reptiles" of the Suborder Captorhinomorpha, the group that appears to have given rise to all the more advanced reptiles and thus, indirectly, to birds and mammals.