- Tapinocephalus atherstonei
- Owen, 1876
- Meaning of generic name
- Humble head
- Skull length: 45 cm ,Length: 3 m
- Several skulls and postcranial elements
- Age and Distribution
- Horizon: Lower to Upper Tapinocephalus assemblage zone, Lower Beaufort beds, Middle Permian (Capitanian).
Type locality: Beaufort West, Karoo basin, South Africa.
- Synapsida Therapsida Dinocephalia Tapinocephalia Tapinocephalidae
- Further Reading
- Owen, R., 1876. Evidences of Theriodonts in Permian Deposits elsewhere than in South Africa: Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London, v. 32, p. 352-363.
- Tapinocephalus atherstonii Efremov, 1940 (sic); Moschops capensis von Huene, 1956 non Broom, 1911; Taurops macrodon Broom, 1912
Saturday, 23 November 2013
This common large tapinocephalid gave its name to a geological stratum of the Middle Permian of South Africa, the Tapinocephalus assemblage zone. It has a thick skull roof and a massive bony dome probably used for intraspecific head butting.