Monday, 25 November 2013

Saurorictus australis

The most complete captorhinid from the Late Permian and the southernmost representative of the family.

Saurorictus australis
Modesto & Smith, 2001
Meaning of generic name
The generic name is derived from sauros, Greek for ‘‘lizard,’’ and rictus, a Latin word meaning ‘‘display of teeth,’’ ‘‘grin,’’ or ‘‘smile,’’ thus ‘‘lizard-smile’’.
[Meaning of specific name
"of the South"]
Skull length: 22 mm, Length: ?15 cm
Holotype (SAM PK-8666): skull and few postcranial fragments
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Tropidostoma Assemblage Zone, Teeklof Formation, middle Tatarian, Upper Permian (Wuchiapingian).

Locality: farm Leeukloof 43, Beaufort West District, Western Cape Province, South Africa.
Eureptilia Captorhinidae
Further Reading
S. P. Modesto and R. M. H. Smith. 2001. A new Late Permian captorhinid reptile: a first record from the South African Karoo. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21(3):405-409.

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