Monday, 25 November 2013

Lobalopex mordax

Lobalopex is a recently discovered burnetiamorph therapsid from the Late Permian of South Africa. It has small bumps on the top of the head.

Lobalopex mordax
Sidor, Hopson and Keyser, 2004
Meaning of generic name
Lobe fox
[Meaning of specific name
biting (in Latin)]
Skull length: 15 cm, Length: ? 0.8 m
Holotype (CGP/1/61): skull and lower jaws with parts of the first four cervical vertebrae in articulation.
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Hoedemaker Member of the Teekloof Formation. Tropidostoma Assemblage Zone. Beaufort Group. Upper Permian (Wuchianpingian).

Type locality: Quaggas Fontein 250 farm, Victoria West District, South Africa.
Synapsida Therapsida Biarmosuchia Burnetiamorpha
Further Reading
Sidor, C. A., Hopson, J. A., and Keyser, A. W. 2004. A new burnetiamorph therapsid from the Teekloof Formation, Permian, of South Africa: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, v. 24, n. 4, p. 938-950.

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