Pristerognathus

Name: Pristerognathus ‭(‬saw end jaw‭?)‬.
Phonetic: Priss-teh-ro-nay-fus.
Named By: Harry Govier Seeley‭ ‬-‭ ‬1895.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synaspida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Therocephalia,‭ ‬Scylacosauridae.
Species: P.‭ ‬baini,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬platyrhinus,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬polyodon.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull about‭ ‬25‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Body length about‭ ‬1.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: South Africa‭ ‬-‭ ‬Pristerognathus Assemblage Zone‭ (‬Beaufort Group‭)‬.
Time period: Capitanian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Few individuals mostly by skull material.

       Pristerognathus was a medium sized predator that lived in South Africa during the Capitanian stage of the Permian.‭ ‬Another species of Pristerognathus,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬minor,‭ ‬was later re-described as a new genus,‭ ‬Pristerognathoides.‭ ‬However since this time there has been occasional speculation that Pristerognathoides should be made a synonym to Pristerognathus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬On Two New Therocephalian Reptiles‭ (‬Glanosuchus macrops and Pristerognathus baini‭)‬.‭ ‬Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society‭ ‬15:85-88.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Robert Broom‭ ‬-‭ ‬1904.





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