- Charassognathus gracilis
- Botha, Abdala and Smith, 2007
- Meaning of generic name
- Greek, charasso, prefix meaning ‘notch’ and gnathus , ‘jaw’, referring to the characteristic notch on the dentary.
- [Meaning of specific name
- Latin 'graceful']
- Skull length: 60 mm, Length: 50 cm
- Holotype (SAM-PK-K10369): complete skull and postcranial elements (cervicals, ribs and limbs elements).
- Age and Distribution
- Horizon: Hoedemaker Member of the Teekloof Formation, Tropidostoma assemblage zone, Upper Permian (Wuchianpingian).
Type locality: Farm Willowdene, Beaufort West District, Western Cape Province, South Africa.
- Synapsida Therapsida Cynodontia
- Further Reading
- J. Botha, F. Abdala, and R. M. H. Smith. 2007. The oldest cynodont: new clues on the origin and early diversification of the Cynodontia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 149(3):477-492.
Monday, 25 November 2013
This is the earliest known cynodont and the most primitive to date. Its discovery indicates that cynodonts first emerged and diversified in the Gondwana.