- Herpetoskylax hopsoni
- Sidor & Rubidge, 2003
- Meaning of generic name
- Creeping young dog
- Skull length: 13 cm, Length: ? 1 m
- Holotype (CGP/1/67): nearly complete skull and lower jaws.
Referred materials: BP/1/3294 (distorted skull and lower jaws).
- Age and Distribution
- Horizon: Cistecephalus assemblage zone, Teekloof formation, Beaufort Group, Upper Permian (Wuchianpingian).
Type locality: Matjiesfontein farm, beaufort West District, Western Cape Province, South Africa.
- Synapsida Therapsida Biarmosuchia Ictidorhinidae
- Further Reading
- Sidor, C. A., and B. S. Rubidge. 2006. Herpetoskylax hopsoni, a new biarmosuchian (Therapsida: Biarmosuchia) from the Beaufort Group of South Africa; pp. 76–113 in M. T. Carrano, T. Gaudin, R. Blob, and J. Wible (eds.), Amniote Paleobiology: Perspectives on the Evolution of Mammals, Birds, and Reptiles. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois.
Monday, 25 November 2013
Formerly referred as specimens of Rubidginia sp., Herpetoskylax is based on two well preserved skulls from the Late Permian of South Africa. It is a primitive therapsid related to Biarmosuchus.