Keratocephalus

Name: Keratocephalus ‭(‬horned head‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ke-rah-to-sef-a-luss.
Named By: F.‭ ‬von Huene‭ ‬-‭ ‬1931.
Synonyms: Mormosaurus,‭ ‬Pelosuchus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Dinocephalia,‭ ‬Tapinocephalidae.
Species: K.‭ ‬moloch‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: About‭ ‬2.5‭ ‬to‭ ‬3‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: South Africa.
Time period: Capitanian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Fossils of‭ ‬several individuals.

       Keratocephalus is a genus of tapinocephalid dinocephalian that lived in South Africa during the Permian.‭ ‬The most noteworthy thing about Keratocephalus is that known specimens show a range of variation to the point where there is speculation that the different skulls may be a sign of difference between males and females,‭ ‬or that there might even be more than one species.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Fauna der sudafrikanischen Karrooformation.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Geologische und Palaeontologische Abhandlungen,‭ ‬v.‭ ‬18,‭ ‬p.‭ ‬159-227.‭ ‬-‭ ‬F.‭ ‬von Huene‭ ‬-‭ ‬1931.



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