Name: Phonodus.
Phonetic: Fon-o-dus.
Named By: S.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Modesto,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Scott,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Botha-Brink‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Reisz‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Parareptilia,‭ ‬Procolophonomorpha,‭ ‬Procolophonidae,‭ ‬Leptopleuroninae.
Species: P.‭ ‬dutoitorum‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Durophagovore‭?
Size: Skull roughly about‭ ‬26‭ ‬millimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa‭ ‬-‭ ‬Katberg Formation.
Time period: Induan of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.

       Phonodus has been described as a genus of procolophonid that lived in South Africa during the earliest part of the Permian.‭ ‬With Phonodus being the fifth such genus from this time and location,‭ ‬this suggests that the procolophonids survived fairly well during the extinction that signalled the end of the Permian.‭ ‬Phonodus is noted for having proportionately large and robust teeth as well as strongly developed tooth bearing bones,‭ ‬features suggestive of a durophagus diet.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new and unusual procolophonid parareptile from the Lower Triassic Katberg Formation of South Africa.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬30‭(‬3‭)‬:715-723.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Modesto,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Scott,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Botha-Brink‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Reisz‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.


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