Fodonyx

Name: Fodonyx ‭(‬digging claw‭)‬.
Phonetic: Fo-don-iks.
Named By: David W.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Hone‭ & ‬Michael J.‭ ‬Benton‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.
Synonyms: Rhynchosaurus spenceri.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Archosauromorpha,‭ ‬Rhynchosauria,‭ ‬Hyperodapedontidae.
Species: F.‭ ‬spenceri‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Roughly estimated to be about 90 centimetres long.
Known locations: England,‭ ‬Devon‭ ‬-‭ ‬Otter Sandstone Formation.
Time period: Anisian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Remains of over twenty individuals.

       Fodonyx is a genus of rynchosaur that lived in England during the early part of the Mid Triassic.‭ ‬The genus was born out of the‭ ‬decision to move a species of‭ ‬ the Rhynchosaurus genus on the basis of differences from the type species that by todays taxonomic standards would warrant a new genus as opposed to an additional species.‭ ‬Like other rhynchosaurs,‭ ‬Fodonyx would have been a quadrupedal archosaur that used its chisel like incisor teeth to eat plants.
       One of the specimens moved to Fodonyx,‭ ‬a skull,‭ ‬has now been found to represent a genus in its own right,‭ ‬and was used to establish the genus Bentonyx.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new genus of Rhynchosaur from the Middle Triassic of South-West England.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Palaeontology‭ ‬51‭ (‬1‭)‬:‭ ‬95‭–‬115.‭ ‬-‭ ‬David W.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Hone‭ & ‬Michael J.‭ ‬Benton‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.
-‭ ‬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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