Phonetic: Pa-tran-o-mo-don.on - 1990.
Named By: B. S. Rubidge & J. A. Hopson - 1990.
Classification: Chordata, Synapsida, Therapsida, Anomodontia.
Species: P. nyaphulii (type).
Size: About 30 centimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa.
Time period: Wordian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial post cranial remains.
Patranomodon is one of the earliest known anomodonts, and is so primitive, it still had teeth. Later anomodonts such as dinocephalians would eventually lose all they teeth (except for some genera which retained a pair of large tusks) and develop horned beaks for cropping vegetation.
- A new anomodont therapsid from South Africa and its bearing on the ancestry of Dicynodontia. - South African Journal of Science 86:43-45. - B. S. Rubidge & J. A. Hopson - 1990.