Named By: B. S. Rubidge - 1994.
Classification: Chordata, Therapsida, Dinocephalia, Anteosauridae, Syodontinae.
Species: A. nyaphuli (type).
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.
- Australosyodon, the first primitive anteosaurid dinocephalian from the Upper Permian of Gondwana - B. S. Rubidge - 1994.