Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Broomicephalus laticeps

This medium size gorgonopsid from South Africa had a large and broad snout. It is considered to be cogeneric with Clelandina by E. Gebauer (2007).

Broomicephalus laticeps
Brink & Kitching, 1953
Meaning of generic name
Broom's head
Length: 1.1 m, Skull length: 21 cm
Holotype (RC 101): skull

Referred specimens: RC 33 (large weathered and crushed skull: 32 cm, type of Rubidgea laticeps)
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Cistecephalus Assemblage Zone, Beaufort Group, Upper Permian (Wuchiapingian).

Locality: South Africa.
Synapsida Therapsida Gorgonopsia Gorgonopsidae Rubidgeinae
Further Reading
Broom, R., 1940, On some new genera and species of fossil reptiles from the Karoo beds of Graaff-Rienet: Annals of the Transvaal Museum, v. 20, p. 157-192.

Brink, A. S., and Kitching, J. W., 1953, Studes on new specimens of Gorgonopsia: Palaeontographica africana, v. 1, p. 1-28.

Sigogneau-Russell, D., 1989, Theriodontia I, Phthinosuchia, Biarmosuchia, Eotitanosuchia, Gorgonopsia: Handbuch der Palaoherpetologie, Teil 17 B/I, 127pp.

Gebauer E., 2007. Phylogeny and Evolution of the Gorgonopsia with a Special Reference to the Skull and Skeleton of GPIT/RE/7113, doctoral dissertation.
Rubidgea laticeps Broom, 1940; Dinogorgon laticeps Watson & Romer, 1956

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