Name: Herpetoskylax ‭(‬reptile puppy‭)‬.
Phonetic: Her-pe-toe-sky-laks.
Named By: C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Sidor‭ & ‬B.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Rubidge‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Biarmosuchia.
Species: H.‭ ‬hopsoni‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull‭ ‬13‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Total length roughly estimated about‭ ‬1‭ ‬meter long.
Known locations: South Africa‭ ‬-‭ ‬Teekloof Formation.
Time period: Wuchiapingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Skulls and mandible‭ (‬lower jaw‭)‬,‭ ‬from two individuals.

       Herpetoskylax was a biarmosuchian‭ (‬relative to the better known Biarmosuchus‭) ‬therapsid that lived in South Africa towards the end of the Mid Permian period.‭ ‬So far the genus is only known from skulls and lower jaws,‭ ‬but as a biarmosuchian,‭ ‬Herpetoskylax would have been a predator.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Herpetoskylax hopsoni,‭ ‬a new biarmosuchian‭ (‬Therapsida:‭ ‬Biarmosuchia‭) ‬from the Beaufort Group of South Africa,‭ ‬by C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Sidor‭ & ‬B.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Rubidge‭ ‬-‭ ‬In Amniote Paleobiology,‭ ‬prespetives on the Evolution of mammals,‭ ‬birds and reptiles‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬T.‭ ‬Carrano,‭ ‬T.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬gaudin,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Blob‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Wible‭ [‬eds‭] ‬-‭ ‬Chicago University Press.‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.


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