Monday, 25 November 2013

Lophorhinus willodenensis

This recently named burnetiamorph is characterized by a small crest on its snout. It lived during the Late Permian of what is now South Africa.

Lophorhinus willodenensis
Sidor and Smith, 2007
Meaning of generic name
Crested nose
Skull length: 20 cm, Length: ? 1.5 m
Holotype (SAM-PK-K6655): anterior half of skull lacking lower jaws and most of palate.
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Middle of the Hoedemaker Member of the Teekloof Formation. Tropidostoma Assemblage Zone. Beaufort Group. Upper Permian (Wuchianpingian).

Type locality: Willodene farm, Beaufort West District, Western Cape Province, South Africa.
Synapsida Therapsida Biarmosuchia Burnetiamorpha
Further Reading
C. A. Sidor and R. M. H. Smith. 2007. A Second Burnetiamorph Therapsid from the Permian Teekloof Formation of South Africa and its Associated Fauna. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(2):420-430.

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