Friday, 22 November 2013

Australosyodon nyaphuli

Australosyodon is the South African version of the Russian Syodon. This medium size carnivore was one of the most primitive dinocephalians.

Australosyodon nyaphuli
Rubidge, 1994
Meaning of generic name
Southern "Syodon"
Skull length: 26 cm , Length: ? 1.8 m
Holotype (NMQR 3152): Skull and mandible, left side well preserved, right side crushed.
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Eodycinodon-Tapinocaninus assemblage zone, base of beaufort group, Middle Permian (Wordian-Capitanian).

Type locality: Tuinkraal farm, Prince Albert Road, South Africa.
Synapsida Therapsida Dinocephalia Anteosauria Syodontidae
Further Reading
B. S. Rubidge. 1994. Australosyodon, the first primitive anteosaurid dinocephalian from the Upper Permian of Gondwana. Palaeontology 37(3):579-594.

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