Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Aloposaurus gracilis

This small gorgonopsid had a slender narrow skull. It is known from a single weathered skull from a probable immature individual.

Aloposaurus gracilis
Broom, 1910
Meaning of generic name
Fox Lizard
Skull length: 12 cm ,Length: 0.6 m?
Holotype (AMNH 5317): weathered laterally compressed skull
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Cistecephalus assemblage zone, Beaufort group, Upper Permian (Wuchiapingian).

Type locality: Karoo basin, South Africa.
Synapsida Therapsida Gorgonopsia Gorgonopsidae
Further Reading
Broom, R., 1910, Observations on some specimens of South African Fossil Reptiles preserved in the British Museum: Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, v. 2, part 1, p. 19-25.
Image by Nobu Tamura (click to enlarge)
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