Riebeeckosaurus

Name: Riebeeckosaurus.
Phonetic: Ry-beec-ko-sore-us.
Named By: L.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Bonstra‭ ‬-‭ ‬1952.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Dinocephalia,‭ ‬Tapinocephalidae.
Species: R.‭ ‬longirostris‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: About‭ ‬2.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: South Africa.
Time period: Capitanian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Partial remains,‭ ‬including skull.

       Riebeeckosaurus would have been just another run of the mill tapinocephalid dinocephalian were it not for the extreme elongation of the skull.‭ ‬Though possibly for display,‭ ‬the elongation of the skull may denote a feeding adaptation and dietary specialisation.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Nuwe tapinocephalidae,‭ ‬Riebeeckosaurus longisrostris gen.‭ ‬et sp.‭ ‬nov.‭ ‬Tydskr.‭ ‬Wet.‭ ‬Kuns,‭ ‬v.‭ ‬12,‭ ‬p.‭ ‬246-249.‭ ‬-‭ ‬L.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Bonstra‭ ‬-‭ ‬1952.



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