Temporal range: Upper Triassic – Recent
They are an offshoot from the evolutionary line leading to the true lizards and snakes. They had many families during the late Triassic and Jurassic periods but then declined, and are the least successful of the lepidosaurs.
The only surviving member today is the New Zealand tuatara.
References[change | change source]
- Evans S.E. & Jones M.E.H. 2010. The origin, early history and diversification of lepidosauromorph reptiles. In Bandyopadhyay S. (ed) New aspects of Mesozoic biodiversity, Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences 132, 27-44.