Anomocephalus

Name: Anomocephalus ‭(‬Lawless head‭)‬.
Phonetic: A-nom-o-sef-a-lus.
Named By: S.‭ ‬Modesto,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Rubidge‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬Welman‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Anomocephaloidea.
Species: A.‭ ‬africanus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore‭?
Size: Skull‭ ‬21‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬About‭ ‬1‭ ‬-‭ ‬1.2‭ ‬meters total body length.
Known locations: South Africa.
Time period: Capitanian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Right side of the skull and fragmentary post cranial remains.

       Anomocephalus is considered to be a very basal anomodont,‭ ‬and one observation more than any other proves this‭; ‬Anomocephalus had a full set of teeth in both jaws.‭ ‬The dicynodont descendants of creatures like Anomocephalus would go on to have just two large tusks,‭ ‬and in a few cases,‭ ‬no teeth at all.‭ ‬Tiarajudens from Brazil has been considered to be a close relative of Anomocephalus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The most basal anomodont therapsid and the primacy of Gondwana in the evolution of the anomodonts,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Modesto,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Rubidge‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬Welman‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.



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