Named By: Robert Broom - 1903.
Classification: Chordata, Synapsida, Therapsida, Therocephalia, Lycosuchidae.
Species: L. mackayi, L. vanderrieti.
Size: Skull about 23 centimetres long. Total body length about 120 centimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa.
Time period: Late Permian.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.
Lycosuchus was a genus of therocephalia therapsid that lived in South Africa during the Late Permian. Lycosuchus would have been an active predator of other vertebrates, and is particularly noted for having two enlarged canine teeth in each side of the upper jaw.
- On an almost perfect skull of a new primtiive theriodont (Lycosuchus vanderrieti). - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society col14, issue 1 - R. Broom - 1903.