Name: Australosyodon ‭(‬Southern Syodon‭)‬.
Phonetic: Aus-tra-lo-sy-o-don.
Named By: B.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Rubidge‭ ‬-‭ ‬1994.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Dinocephalia,‭ ‬Anteosauridae,‭ ‬Syodontinae.
Species: ‭A. ‬nyaphuli (type).
Diet: ‭C‬arnivore.
Size: Skull‭ ‬26‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Body estimated about‭ ‬1.8‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: South Africa.
Time period: Wordian/Capitanian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Skull and mandible,‭ ‬but crushed on the right side.

       Australosyodon was a Permian era dinocephalian therapsid that seems to have been very similar to the genus Syodon from Russia,‭ ‬hence the name‭ ‘‬southern Syodon‭’‬.‭ ‬Although only known from a skull,‭ ‬Australosyodon seems to have been a bit larger than its Russian namesake.‭ ‬The description of Australosyodon marked one of the first known occurrences of an anteosaurid from a southern continent.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Australosyodon,‭ ‬the first primitive anteosaurid dinocephalian from the Upper Permian of Gondwana‭ ‬-‭ ‬B.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Rubidge‭ ‬-‭ ‬1994.


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