Name: Brithopus.
Phonetic: Bri-thop-us.
Named By: Kutorga‭ ‬-‭ ‬1838.
Synonyms: Dinosaurus murchisoni,‭ ‬Rhopalodon murchisoni.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Dinocephalia,‭ ‬Brithopodidae.
Species: B.‭ ‬priscus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore‭?
Size: Estimated about‭ ‬2.5‭ ‬to‭ ‬3‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Russia.
Time period: Mid Permian.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.

       Brithopus is a little known genus of dinocephalian therapsid,‭ ‬and one that has a lot of questions concerning it.‭ ‬When first described,‭ ‬Brithopus was classed as a member of the Anteosauria,‭ ‬and when Brithopus became the type genus of its own group,‭ ‬the Brithopodidae,‭ ‬many anteosaurians were included with this sub group.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬a complete individual of Brithopus has never been found,‭ ‬in fact the fossils that we do have are not only fragmentary but poorly preserved as well.‭ ‬This has led many to speculate that the Brithopus genus is dubious,‭ ‬yet in a‭ ‬2011‭ ‬study by C.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Kammerer,‭ ‬it was suggested that the Brithopus genus might actually be more closely related to the herbivorous tapinocephalid dinocephalians.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Systematics of the Anteosauria‭ (‬Therapsida:‭ ‬Dinocephalia‭) ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Systematic Palaeontology C.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Kammerer‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.


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