Criocephalosaurus

Name: Criocephalosaurus.
Phonetic: Cry-o-sef-a-low-sore-us.
Named By: C.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Kammerer‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Sidor‭ ‬-‭ ‬2002.
Synonyms: Criocephalus vanderbyli.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Dinocephalia,‭ ‬Tapinocephalidae.
Species: C.‭ ‬vanderbyli‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬gunyankaensis.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Between‭ ‬2.5‭ ‬to‭ ‬3‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: South Africa.
Time period: Permian.
Fossil representation: Skulls of many individuals.

       A relative of the genus Moschops,‭ ‬Criocephalosaurus was a tapniocephalid dinocephalian therapsid that lived in South Africa during the Permian.‭ ‬As with relative genera,‭ ‬Criocephalosaurus is noted for having a skull that grew extremely thick on top,‭ ‬perhaps as‭ ‬a form of display or as something used in head pushing contests with rivals.
       Criocephalosaurus was originally named as Criocephalus in‭ ‬1928‭ ‬by Robert Broom,‭ ‬however this name was later realised to have already been used to name a beetle,‭ ‬so the‭ ‬name was changed to Criocephalosaurus in‭ ‬2002‭ ‬to avoid confusion.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Replacement names for the therapsid genera Criocephalus Broom‭ ‬1928‭ ‬and Olivieria Brink‭ ‬1965.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Palaeontologia Africana‭ ‬38:‭ ‬71‭–‬72.‭ ‬-‭ ‬C.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Kammerer‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Sidor‭ ‬-‭ ‬2002.



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