Name: Bentonyx ‭(‬Bentons‭' ‬claw,‭ ‬named after Michael J.‭ ‬Benton‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ben-ton-iks.
Named By: M.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Langer,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Montefeltro,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Hone,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Whatley‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Schultz‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.‭
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Archosauromorpha,‭ ‬Rhynchosauria,‭ ‬Hyperodapedontidae.
Species: B.‭ ‬sidensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains.
Known locations: England,‭ ‬Devon‭ ‬-‭ ‬Otter Sandstone Formation.
Time period: Anisian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Skull.

       The establishment of Bentonyx as a genus actually began in‭ ‬2008‭ ‬when a species of Rhynchosaurus,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬spenceri was re-named as its own genus called Fodonyx.‭ ‬Further study into the fossils that went into establishing the Fodonyx genus found that one of the skulls was actually different.‭ ‬In‭ ‬2010‭ ‬this skull was split away from Fodonyx and used to establish the genus Bentonyx.
       Bentonyx means‭ ‘‬Bentons‭’ ‬claw‭’‬,‭ ‬and is in honour of Michael J.‭ ‬Benton,‭ ‬one of the authors who established the earlier Fodonyx genus which led to the subsequent discovery of Bentonyx.

Further reading
-‭ ‬On Fodonyx spenceri and a new rhynchosaur from the Middle Triassic of Devon.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬30‭(‬6‭)‬:1884-1888.‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Langer,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Montefeltro,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Hone,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Whatley‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Schultz‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.‭


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