Anthodon

Name: Anthodon ‭(‬Flower tooth‭)‬.
Phonetic: An-foe-don.
Named By: Richard Owen‭ ‬-‭ ‬1876.
Synonyms: Propappus parvus,‭ ‬Pareiasaurus parvus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Procolophonomorpha,‭ ‬Procolophonia,‭ ‬Pareiasauridae.
Species: A.‭ ‬serrarius‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬gregoryi,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬minisculus,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬rossicus.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: 1.2‭ ‬to‭ ‬1.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: South Africa and Tanzania,‭ ‬possibly also Russia.
Time period: Permian.
Fossil representation: Several specimens.

       Anthodon was a fairly small pareiasaur that may have had a particularly broad geographic distribution.‭ ‬As with its pareiasaur relatives,‭ ‬Anthodon would have been a quadrupedal herbivore,‭ ‬and in addition to this,‭ ‬Anthodon seems to have had a covering of scutes across its body for armour.
       When first described,‭ ‬Anthodon was believed to have been a dinosaur because dinosaur fossils had become mixed up with the Anthodon holotype specimen.‭ ‬Robert Broom removed the dinosaur fossils from the genus in‭ ‬1912,‭ ‬and later in‭ ‬1929‭ ‬Franz Nopcsa identified them as those of a stegosaurid dinosaur,‭ ‬and so created the genus Paranthodon for them.



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