Australosyodon nyaphuli


Australosyodon
is the South African version of the Russian Syodon. This medium size carnivore was one of the most primitive dinocephalians.




Name


Australosyodon nyaphuli


Authority
   

Rubidge, 1994


Meaning of the generic name


Southern "Syodon"


Size


Skull length: 26 cm , Length: ? 1.8 m


Remains


Holotype (NMQR 3152): Skull and mandible, left side well preserved, right side crushed.


Age and Distribution


Horizon: Eodycinodon-Tapinocaninus assemblage zone, base of beaufort group, Middle Permian (Wordian-Capitanian).
Type locality:
Tuinkraal farm,  Prince Albert Road, South Africa.


Classification


Synapsida Therapsida Dinocephalia Anteosauria Syodontidae

  Further Reading

  B. S. Rubidge. 1994. Australosyodon, the first primitive anteosaurid dinocephalian from the Upper Permian of Gondwana. Palaeontology 37(3):579-594.

 Synonyms

 





Life reconstruction of Australosyodon nyaphuli (© D. Bogdanov)



Skull reconstruction of Australosyodon nyaphuli. From Rubidge, 1994.

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