Menadon

Name: Menadon.
Phonetic: Men-ah-don.
Named By: J.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Flynn,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Parrish,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Rakotosamimanana,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Ranivoharimanana,‭ ‬W.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Simpson‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Wyss‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Cynodontia,‭ ‬Gomphodontia,‭ ‬Traversodontidae,‭ ‬Gomphodontosuchinae.
Species: M.‭ ‬besairiei‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Skull roughly about‭ ‬17‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Brazil‭ ‬-‭ ‬Santa Maria Formation.‭ ‬Madagascar‭ ‬-‭ ‬Makay Formation.
Time period: Ladinian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of few individuals,‭ ‬mostly of skull material.

       Menadon is a genus of cynodont that lived in both Madagascar and Brazil,‭ ‬during the Triassic.‭ ‬Given that these two locations would have still been attached to Africa during the Triassic,‭ ‬it is likely that Menadon was also present in parts of Africa,‭ ‬though at the time of writing no fossils have been found in Africa.‭ ‬Like other cynodonts,‭ ‬Menadon would have been a small,‭ ‬squat quadrupedal animal with short limbs.‭ ‬Although cynodonts were often carnivorous,‭ ‬Menadon has been placed in a group that is known to have been primarily if not exclusively herbivorous.
       Menadon is closely related to genera such as Exaeretodon and Gomphodontosuchus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬New traversodontids‭ (‬Synapsida:‭ ‬Eucynodontia‭) ‬from the Triassic of Madagascar.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬20‭ (‬3‭)‬:‭ ‬422‭–‬427.‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Flynn,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Parrish,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Rakotosamimanana,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Ranivoharimanana,‭ ‬W.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Simpson‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Wyss‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.
-‭ ‬New Material Of Menadon besairiei‭ (‬Cynodontia:‭ ‬Traversodontidae‭) ‬From the Triassic Of Madagascar.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Verterbate Paleontology‭ ‬28‭(‬2‭)‬:445-462.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Christian F.‭ ‬Kammerer,‭ ‬John J.‭ ‬Flynn,‭ ‬Lovasoa Ranivoharimanana‭ & ‬André R.‭ ‬Wyss‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.



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