Name: Sinoconodon ‭(‬Chinese spike tooth.‭)‬.
Phonetic: Sy-noe-con-o-don.
Named By: B.‭ ‬Patterson‭ & ‬E.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Olson‭ ‬-‭ ‬1961.
Synonyms: Lufengoconodon changchiawaensis,‭ ‬Sinoconodon changchiawaensis,‭ ‬Sinoconodon parringtoni,‭ ‬Sinoconodon yangi.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Cynodontia,‭ ‬Mammaliamorpha,‭ ‬Sinoconodontidae.
Species: S rigneyi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Insectivore.
Size: About‭ ‬15‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: China.
Time period: Sinemurian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and post cranial remains of several individuals.

       As a genus Sinoconodon represents one of the most primitive mammaliaforms currently known to science.‭ ‬There were once four species of Sinoconodon named,‭ ‬but it was eventually realised that all of these fossils represented individuals of the same species but at different growth stages.‭ ‬Only the type species,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬rigneyi today remains valid.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A triconodont mammal from the Triassic of Yunnan.‭ ‬International Colloquium on the Evolution of Lower and Non Specialized Mammals.‭ ‬Koninklijke Vlaamse Academir voor Wetenschappen,‭ ‬Letteren en Schone Kunsten can Belgie‭ ‬129-191.‭ ‬-‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Patterson‭ & ‬E.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Olson‭ ‬-‭ ‬1961.
-‭ [‬Two primitive mammals from Lufeng,‭ ‬Yunnan‭]‬.‭ ‬Selected Works of Yang Zhungjian.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Science Press,‭ ‬Beijing‭ ‬21-25.‭ ‬-‭ ‬C.‭ ‬-C.‭ ‬Young‭ ‬-‭ ‬1982.
-‭ ‬New material and new understanding of Sinoconodon.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Vertebrata Palasialica,‭ ‬21:‭ ‬32-41.‭ ‬-‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Zhang‭ & ‬G.‭ ‬Cui‭ ‬-‭ ‬1983.
-‭ ‬Cranial structure and relationships of the Liassic mammal Sinoconodon.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Zoological Journal of Linnean Society‭ ‬85:99-119.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Crompton‭ ‬-‭ ‬1985.


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