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Keratocephalus moloch


Keratocephalus was a moderately sized (3 m) Tapinocephalian therapsid that lived during the middle Permian Period; its remains were discovered in the town of Beaufort West, South Africa. Keratocephalus is characterized by a horn on the head between the eyes; it had a large skull that was 50 cm in length.




Name


Keratocephalus moloch


Authority
   

von Huene, 1931


Meaning of the generic name


Horned head


Size


Skull length: , Length: 2.5-3  m


Remains


Several skulls and postcranial remains.


Age and Distribution


Horizon: Lower and Middle Tapinocephalus assemblage zone, Lower Beaufort beds, Middle Permian (Capitanian).
Type locality:
Beaufort West, Karoo basin, South Africa.


Classification


Synapsida Therapsida Dinocephalia Tapinocephalia Tapinocephalidae

  Further Reading

  Huene, F. von., 1931. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Fauna der sudafrikanischen Karrooformation: Geologische und Palaeontologische Abhandlungen, v. 18, p. 159-227.

  Synonyms

  Pelosuchus priscus Broom, 1905





Life reconstruction of Keratocephalus moloch (© D. Bogdanov)

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