Name: Lophorhinus ‭(‬crested nose‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lo-for-ry-nuss.
Named By: C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Sidor‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Smith‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Biarmosuchia,‭ ‬Burnetiamorpha.
Species: L.‭ ‬willodenensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Reconstructed skull estimates at about‭ ‬20‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Total body length roughly estimated to be about‭ ‬1‭ ‬meter long.
Known locations: South Africa‭ ‬-‭ ‬Teekloof Formation.
Time period: Wuchiapingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.

       Lophorhinus was a burnetiamorph biarmosuchian therapsid that lived in South Africa during the late Permian.‭ ‬As a burnetiamorph Lophorhinus was closer in form to the genus Burnetia than to Biarmosuchus.‭ ‬Other genera that Lophorhinus seems to be closely related to include Lobalopex and Pachydectes.
       Lophorhinus had enlargeds canine teeth that were likely the main killing weapons available to Lophorhinus.‭ ‬The most distinctive features of the skull of Lophorhinus are the enlarged crests that rose up into points above and behind the eye sockets,‭ ‬as well as a smaller ridge-like crest that rises up from the snout between the nasals and eye sockets.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A Second Burnetiamorph Therapsid from the Permian Teekloof Formation of South Africa and its Associated Fauna.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬27‭(‬2‭)‬:420-430.‭ ‬-‭ ‬C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Sidor‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Smith‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.


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