Aelurosaurus

Name: Aelurosaurus ‭(‬cat lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ay-lu-roe-sore-us.
Named By: Richard Owen‭ ‬-‭ ‬1881.
Synonyms: Aelurosauroides,‭ ‬Galerhinus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Theriodontia,‭ ‬Gorgonopsia.
Species: A.‭ ‬felinus‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬polyodon,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬whaitsi,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬wilmanae.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Total body length‭ ‬70‭ ‬centimetres long,‭ ‬skull‭ ‬13‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa,‭ ‬Karoo Basin.
Time period: Wuchiapingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Remains of several individuals.

       Aelurosaurus was a fairly small gorgonopsid,‭ ‬and although a predator in its own right,‭ ‬Aelurosaurus‭ ‬probably had to be wary of its larger gorgonopsid cousins.

Further reading
-‭ ‬On the Order Theriodontia,‭ ‬with a Description of a new genus and species‭ (‬Aelurosaurus felinus,‭ ‬Ow‭)‬,‭ ‬Richard Owen‭ ‬-‭ ‬1881.
-‭ ‬Phylogeny and evolution of the Gorgonopsia with a special reference to the skull and skeleton of GPIT/RE/7113‭ ("‬Aelurognathus‭"? ‬parringtoni‭)‬,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬V.‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Gebauer‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.



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