Orovenator

Name: Orovenator.
Phonetic: Or-o-ven-ah-tor.
Named By: Robert R.‭ ‬Reisz,‭ ‬Sean P.‭ ‬Modesto‭ & ‬Diane M.‭ ‬Scott‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Neodiapsida.
Species: O.‭ ‬mayorum‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Insectivore.
Size: Skull roughly about‭ ‬3‭ ‬centimetres long,‭ ‬total size uncertain.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Oklahoma.
Time period: Sakmarian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Partial skulls and mandibles‭ (‬lower jar‭) ‬from two individuals.

       At the time of the genus being named,‭ ‬Orovenator is the oldest neodiapsid reptile known to science.‭ ‬The neodiapsids are the ancestral reptile group which includes most modern reptile forms.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new Early Permian reptile and its significance in early diapsid evolution.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Proceedings of the Royal Society B‭ ‬278‭ (‬1725‭)‬:‭ ‬3731‭–‬3737.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Robert R.‭ ‬Reisz,‭ ‬Sean P.‭ ‬Modesto‭ & ‬Diane M.‭ ‬Scott‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.





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