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Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates)

Have muscular limbs with well-defined joints and digits (fingers and toes). Certain cranial (head) bones have been lost, permitting the head to move relative to the body, unlike other sarcopterygians.  Not all stegocephalians were terrestrial - some of early representatives were probably aquatic. The earliest known fossils are from the Upper Devonian of east Greenland.





# non-amniotes

These taxa include Diadectomorpha (sister-group to Amniota) and Solenodonsaurus.


Amniota (reptiles, birds, mammals and extinct relatives)


Reptilia (reptiles, including birds)

Aspidelaps lubricus lubricus (Cape Coral snake),  T. Phelps

Synapsida (mammal-like reptiles and mammals)