What does pythonomorpha mean?

Definitions for pythonomorpha

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pythonomorpha.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pythonomorpha

    same as Mosasauria

  2. Origin: [NL. See Python, and -morphous.]


  1. Pythonomorpha

    Pythonomorpha was originally proposed by paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope as a reptilian order comprising snakes and mosasaurs. The etymology of the term Pythonomorpha comes from the Greek Python and morphe, and refers to the generally serpentine body plan of members of the group. Cope wrote, "In the mosasauroids, we almost realize the fictions of snake-like dragons and sea-serpents, in which men have been ever prone to indulge. On account of the ophidian part of their affinities, I have called this order Pythonomorpha." However, the category was rejected by most 20th-Century herpetologists and paleontologists, who sought, instead, to demonstrate a close relationship between mosasaurs and varanid lizards and who generally considered snakes to have evolved from terrestrial, burrowing lizards. Cope's Pythonomorpha was later resurrected by a number of paleontologists who have conducted cladistic analyses which seem to show that snakes and mosasaurs may be more closely related to one another than either is to the varanid lizards, and that snakes more likely arose from aquatic ancestors. As redefined by Lee, the monophyletic Pythonomorpha consists of "The most recent common ancestor of mosasauroids and snakes, and all its descendants." This would include the aigialosaurs, dolichosaurs, coniasaurs, mosasaurs, and all snakes. Lee was able to show no less than 38 synapomorphies supporting Pythonomorpha.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pythonomorpha in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pythonomorpha in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Images & Illustrations of pythonomorpha

  1. pythonomorpha


Find a translation for the pythonomorpha definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these pythonomorpha definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"pythonomorpha." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 18 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/pythonomorpha>.

Are we missing a good definition for pythonomorpha? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for pythonomorpha:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.