Cyonosaurus

Name: Cyonosaurus ‭(‬Dog lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Sy-on-o-sore-us.
Named By: E.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Olsen‭ ‬-‭ ‬1937.
Synonyms: Cyniscops,‭ ‬Cyniscopoides,‭ ‬Galerhynchus kitchingi,‭ ‬Tangagorgon.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Theriodontia,‭ ‬Gorgonopsia.
Species: C.‭ ‬longiceps‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬rubidgei,‭ ‬kitchingi,‭ ‬broomianus,‭ ‬tenuirostris
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Depending upon species,‭ ‬between‭ ‬60‭ ‬and‭ ‬110‭ ‬centimetres in length.
Known locations: South Africa.
Time period: Wuchiapingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Skulls.

       Cyonosaurus is a genus of gorgonopsid that lived in South Africa during the late Permian.‭ ‬As a gorgnopsid,‭ ‬Cyonosaurus would have been a predator of other animals,‭ ‬smaller to equal in size in its self.‭ ‬Smaller species of Cyonosaurus with skulls about nine centimetres long grew to about sixty centimetres in length,‭ ‬while larger species with skulls about eighteen centimetres long reached lengths of just over a meter.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The cranial morphology of a new gorgonopsian.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Geology,‭ ‬v.‭ ‬65,‭ ‬n.‭ ‬5,‭ ‬p.‭ ‬511-527.-‭ ‬E.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Olsen‭ ‬-‭ ‬1937.
‭- ‬Phylogeny and evolution of the Gorgonopsia with a special reference to the skull and skeleton of GPIT/RE/7113‭ ('‬Aelurognathus‭?' ‬parringtoni‭) [‬Ph.D.‭ ‬Thesis‭] ‬-‭ ‬E.‭ ‬V.‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Gebauer‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.



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