Suminia

Name: Suminia.
Phonetic: Sum-in-ah.
Named By: M.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Ivakhnenko‭ ‬-‭ ‬1994.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Anomodontia,‭ ‬Otsheridae.
Species: S.‭ ‬getmanovi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Skull about‭ ‬5.5‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Russia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Urpalov Formation.
Time period: Capitanian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial postcranial remains.

       Suminia is an interesting little genus of anomodont therapsid that lived in Russia during the Permian.‭ ‬Though the mouth was full of sharp and proportionately large teeth,‭ ‬wear patterns upon the teeth themselves indicate that they were being repeatedly used to process plant material,‭ ‬meaning that Suminia was herbivorous.‭ ‬The holotype specimen of Suminia was found in a sandstone sediment,‭ ‬leading to some suggestion that Suminia lived around river deltas‭ (‬assuming of course the body was not just washed down river‭)‬.‭ ‬The structure of the hand of Suminia shows that they were capable of grasping,‭ ‬strongly suggesting that Suminia may have in fact been an arboreal creature climbing through trees and larger shrubs to get at food.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new Late Permian dromasaurian‭ (‬Anomodontia‭) ‬from Eastern Europe.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Paleontological Journal‭ ‬28‭(‬1‭)‬:96-103.‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Ivakhnenko‭ ‬-‭ ‬1994.



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