Friday, 22 November 2013

Keratocephalus moloch

Keratocephalus was a moderately sized (3 m) Tapinocephalian therapsid that lived during the middle Permian Period; its remains were discovered in the town of Beaufort West, South Africa. Keratocephalus is characterized by a horn on the head between the eyes; it had a large skull that was 50 cm in length.

Keratocephalus moloch
von Huene, 1931
Meaning of generic name
Horned head
Skull length: , Length: 2.5-3 m
Several skulls and postcranial remains.
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Lower and Middle Tapinocephalus assemblage zone, Lower Beaufort beds, Middle Permian (Capitanian).

Type locality: Beaufort West, Karoo basin, South Africa.
Synapsida Therapsida Dinocephalia Tapinocephalia Tapinocephalidae
Further Reading
Huene, F. von., 1931. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Fauna der südafrikanischen Karrooformation: Geologische und Palaeontologische Abhandlungen, v. 18, p. 159-227.
Pelosuchus priscus Broom, 1905
Image by Nobu Tamura (click to enlarge)
Keratocephalus moloch:

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