Name: Phorcys ‭(‬named after the father of the gorgons in Ancient Greek Mythology‭).
Phonetic: For-sis.
Named By: C.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Kammerer‭ & ‬B.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Rubidge‭ ‬-‭ ‬2022.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Gorgonopsia.
Species: P.‭ ‬dubei‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Uncertain but skull thought to have been possibly up to‭ ‬30‭ ‬centimetres long when whole.
Known locations: South Africa‭ ‬-‭ ‬Tapinocephalus Assemblage Zone.
Time period: Guadalupian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Partial skulls.

       Phorcys is a genus of gorgonopsid therapsid that lived in South Africa during the Permian.‭ ‬When named,‭ ‬Phorcys was described from a partial skull that revealed much of‭ ‬the posterior section but none of the anterior.‭ ‬Nonetheless these skulsl could still be compared to better preserved specimens of relative gorgonopsid genera.‭ ‬This led to a reconstructed estimate‭ ‬that the skull of Phorcys,‭ ‬when complete,‭ ‬may have approached somewhere up to thirty centimetres in length.‭ ‬Inferred by skull size alone, this would make Phorcys one of the biggest and most powerful predators of its era.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The earliest gorgonopsians from the Karoo Basin of South Africa.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of African Earth Sciences‭ ‬-‭ ‬C.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Kammerer‭ & ‬B.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Rubidge‭ ‬-‭ ‬2022.


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