Aloposaurus

Name: Aloposaurus ‭(‬Fox lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: A-lop-loe-sore-us.
Named By: Robert Broom‭ ‬-‭ ‬1910.
Synonyms: Aloposauroides.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Gorgonopsia.
Species: A.‭ ‬gracilis‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬tenuis.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull‭ ‬12‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬total body length estimate at around‭ ‬60-70‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa,‭ ‬Karoo Basin.
Time period: Wuchiapingian of the‭ ‬Permian.
Fossil representation: Based upon a single skull of a possibly juvenile individual.‭ ‬Remains of second species identified.

       A fairly small gorgonopsid,‭ ‬Aloposaurus was represented by only a weather eroded skull until the addition of a second species in‭ ‬1953.‭ ‬This came about from a study that found another genus called Aloposauroides was actually the same as Aloposaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Observations on some specimens of South African Fossil Reptiles preserved in the British Museum,‭ ‬Robert broom‭ ‬-‭ ‬1910.



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