Named By: K. D. Angielczyk, J. Benoit & B. S. Rubidge - 2019.
Classification: Chordata, Therapsida, Dicynodontia, Cistecephalidae.
Species: K. kitchingi (type), K. yajuwayeyi.
Size: Skull about 5 centimetres long.
Known locations: Zambia - Madumabisa Mudstone Formation.
Time period: Wuchiapingian/Changhsingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Remains of several individuals.
is a genus of burrowing dicynodont
that lived in Africa during the late
Permian. Aside from living in burrows, Kembawacela
roamed around looking for plants to eat. There is some evidence for
sexual dimorphism in Kembawacela due to not all of
the fossil skulls
having tusks. The large development of some of the skulls lacking
tusks suggests that a lack of tusks is not a juvenile feature.
- A new tusked cistecephalid dicynodont (Therapsida, Anomodontia) from the upper Permian upper Madumabisa Mudstone Formation, Luangwa Basin, Zambia. - Papers in Palaeontology. - K. D. Angielczyk, J. Benoit & B. S. Rubidge - 2019.
- Kembawacela yajuwayeyi n. sp., a new cistecephalid species (Dicynodontia: Emydopoidea) from the Upper Permian of Malawi. - Journal of African Earth Sciences. 196: Article 104726. - R. Ara˙jo, Z. Macungo, V. Fernandez, E.G. Chindebvu, L.L. Jacobs - 2022.