Named By: F. von Huene - 1931.
Synonyms: Mormosaurus, Pelosuchus.
Classification: Chordata, Synapsida, Therapsida, Dinocephalia, Tapinocephalidae.
Species: K. moloch (type).
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.
- Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Fauna der sudafrikanischen Karrooformation. - Geologische und Palaeontologische Abhandlungen, v. 18, p. 159-227. - F. von Huene - 1931.